The National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) fined 11 Spanish car rental companies more than $3 million combined following an investigation of price fixing through airport operator Aena and its subsidiary Aena Aeropuertos, who were fined more than $1.2 million, according to a report by Euro Weekly News. The price fixing took place in airports all over Spain.
Over a span of 13 years leading up to September 2012, the CNMC found that car rental companies exchanged commercially sensitive information with the ‘necessary collaboration’ of the airport operator, a forbidden practice that hinders free market competition in Spain’s car rental sector, says the report.
The rental companies facing fines include Hertz ($709,837), Europcar (over $1.17 million), Atesa ($756,339), Canary Islands ($176,433), Special Prices Auto Reisen ($65,650), Top Cars Auto Reisen ($43,766), Autos Cabrera Medina ($21,883), ) and Coral Car ($21,610), Payless Car ($17,301) and Owners Cars ($3,556).
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