24 Jan '12, 4am

Australia consumer watchdog sues AirAsia over ads

Australia consumer watchdog sues AirAsia over ads

AirAsia was was slapped with a lawsuit by Australian regulators accusing the Asian budget carrier of failing to disclose the full price of fares on its website. -- PHOTO: AFP MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Australia's consumer watchdog has launched court action against AirAsia Berhad alleging the budget airline's advertising of its fares for some routes out of Australia was misleading. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Tuesday that it was seeking penalties and legal costs. AirAsia's website (www.airasia.com/au) failed to show fares that included all taxes, duties, fees and other mandatory charges for some routes out of Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast, the commission said. 'Businesses that choose to advertise a part of the price of a particular product or service must also prominently specify a single total price,' the commission said.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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