Four executives of British Airways appeared in court on 12 November 2008 on charges of colluding with Virgin Atlantic to fix the prices of passenger fuel surcharges on long-haul flights. The executives are charged with the cartel offence under the Enterprise Act 2002. If they are found guilty of the offence they could face a maximum of five years in prison, disqualification from acting as a director and personal fines. The executives were not required to enter a plea at this stage but the case has been transferred to Southwark Crown Court for a trial by jury. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have already agreed a settlement in the USA, and offered to pay damages to any customers who purchased flights between July 2004 and April 2006.