Jet Airways Current Affairs - 2019

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CCI imposes Rs. 54 crore fine on 3 airlines for unfair business practices

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed fine of more than Rs. 54 crore on Jet Airways, InterGlobe Aviation and SpiceJet for unfair business practices with respect to fixing fuel surcharge on cargo transport.

The CCI order comes on complaint filed by Express Industry Council of India (EICI) against airlines alleging cartelisation. It has directed three airlines to cease and desist from anti-competitive practices. It is second order on same complaint in nearly three years.

Key Facts

The penalties were imposed on airlines for concerted action in fixing and revising fuel surcharge (FSC), a component of freight charges. These airlines had acted in concerted manner in fixing and revising FSC rates in violation of competition norms that prohibit anti-competitive agreements, including cartels.

The penalties were imposed at the rate of 3% of three airlines average relevant turnover of last 3 financial years and taking into consideration financial position of airlines at relevant time and noting that FSC constitutes about 20-30% of cargo revenue.

Competition Commission of India (CCI)

CCI is quasi-judicial statutory body established under The Competition Act, 2002. It was established in October 2003 and became fully functional in May 2009. It consists of Chairperson and 6 Members appointed by Central Government.

CCI aims to eliminate practices that adversely affect competition in different industries and protect interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade. Its mandate is to eliminate practices having adverse effect on competition, promote and sustain competition, protect interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade in markets of India.

It is also required to give opinion on competition issues on reference received from statutory authority established under any law and undertakes competition advocacy, create public awareness and impart training on competition issues.

Amit Agarwal appointed as CFO of Jet Airways

Private air carrier Jet Airways has appointed Amit Agarwal as its new full time Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

His appointment will fill the vacancy of full time CFO of Jet Airways which was vacant since March 2014 after then CFO Ravishankar Gopalakrishnan parted ways with the airline.

In his new role, Amit Agarwal will be responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of the airlines business. With this appointment he also joins the operating committee that has been tasked by the airline’s board of directors to lead the airline’s growth strategy.

About Amit Agarwal

  • Amit Agarwal is Chartered Accountant (CA) by profession with more than 24 years of rich experience and had worked in India, Europe and North America.
  • He is a seasoned finance professional with knowledge and insights of Indian and international markets.
  • Prior to joining Jet Airways, was working Suzlon Energy as the CFO and used to manage company’s finances and drive its turnaround initiatives.
  • Prior to Suzlon, he had had worked Arcelor Mittal – Europe and Essar Steel at various senior designation.