PIA wins critical case in London High Court which cost over £20 million

PIA wins critical case in London High Court which cost over £20 million

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has won a critical case related to the cancelation of old contracts of its sales agents in England at the London High Court.

The case has been concluded after about nine years and cost PIA over £20 million (approx Rs3.82 billion) in litigation charges.

The good news came last week when a three-member bench of London’s Court of Appeal overturned a 2017 judgment of High Court that found PIA guilty of exercising an economic duress when it terminated old contracts of Birmingham-based travel agent Times Travel in autumn 2010 and tried to replace it with a new one that didn’t favor the latter party. ------------------------------

The unanimous judgment was handed down by Lord Justice David Richards, Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Asplin of London’s Court of Appeal.

The verdict found that PIA’s termination of the contract with sales agent was a lawful act and it didn’t exercise any unlawful economic duress.

According to sources, Times Travel is yet to decide if it plans to appeal against the ruling. Once it is confirmed, the court will decide the legal costs and awards in a few weeks.

In 2010, the Association of Pakistan Travel Agents (APTA) dragged PIA to court against its commission claims on fuel surcharge.