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Friday, April 18, 2008

U.K. Airlines Nix Donations to EMS Operators

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic don't want their penalties for price-fixing to benefit the United Kingdom's charities, two of those charities complain. The airlines have agreed to pay $200 million (£100 million) for illegally charging a fuel fee from late 204 to early 2006. About £73.5 million of that will be set aside to reimburse passengers who bought tickets on the carriers in the United Kingdom. The Assn of Air Ambulance Charities and the British Disabled Flying Assn had suggested the U.K. passengers be given the option of directing their reimbursement to charities. They also proposed that unclaimed reimbursements should be donated to charities. “In the case of British Airways, one has to ask who is advising them, since a good news story would do them no harm right now,” said David Philpott, chairman of the air ambulance group. Representatives of the charities hope to persuade a U.S. judge overseeing the case to adopt their suggestion at a hearing in California April 25. For related news
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