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FTC reveals overcharging by 9 travel agencies

Nine travel agencies were found to have overcharged consumers fuel adjustment fees, which are calculated on the basis of oil prices, in their proxy sales of air tickets, the Fair Trade Commission said Wednesday.

The companies are Hana Tour, Interpark Tour, Online Tour, Mode Tour, Yellow Balloon Tour, Web Tour, Tour Baksa, Naeil Tour and Very Good Tour.

They were also found to have engaged in inflating flight usage taxes when they publicized tour products on their cyber homepages, according to the antitrust regulator FTC.

Yellow Balloon Tour topped the rule-violation list with 4,198 cases, followed by Online Tour with 1,720, Naeil Tour with 1,176, Interpark Tour with 1,051 and Web Tour with 633.

The fines imposed by the FTC upon the nine firms amount to a total of 48 million won ($45,600).

(kys@heraldcorp.com)
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