The Australian Competition Authority finds that the proposed coordination of Japanese and Australian flights between two airlines is not in the public interest (Qantas / Japan Airlines)

ACCC finds Qantas and Japan Airlines alliance not in the public interest* The ACCC has denied authorisation for Qantas (ASX:QAN) and Japan Airlines to coordinate flights between Australia and Japan under the terms of a joint business agreement. The ACCC found that the agreement would likely lead to reduced competition as international travel resumes, to the detriment of passengers travelling between Australia and Japan. “The ACCC can only authorise an agreement between competitors if it is satisfied the public benefits would outweigh the harm to competition. The alliance did not pass this test,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

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Australian Competition Authority, The Australian Competition Authority finds that the proposed coordination of Japanese and Australian flights between two airlines is not in the public interest (Qantas / Japan Airlines), 13 September 2021, e-Competitions September 2021, Art. N° 102313

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