Air NZ tells ACCC to reject QF/EK interim bid

Air NZ tells ACCC to reject QF/EK interim bid
By admin

Air New Zealand has issued a fresh appeal to the competition regulator to block Qantas and Emirates' bid for interim authorisation for their alliance.

In a submission lodged late last week, the Kiwi carrier said it would be virtually impossible for its rivals to coordinate on an interim basis across the Tasman after an earlier decision ruled that capacity conditions must be set.

Air NZ told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC): "It is difficult to see how the ACCC could authorise cooperation on the Tasman if that authorisation is to be subject to conditions which are not yet finalised."

Approving the application would allow Qantas and Emirates to set prices and plan future capacity, Air NZ chief strategy networks and alliance officer Stephen Jones said.

"Particularly on the Tasman, such arrangements should not be permitted if the ACCC is not completely comfortable that the detriments have been considered adequately," he declared.

The ACCC last month granted draft approval to Qantas and Emirates for their alliance, but stipulated that capacity conditions on four overlapping Tasman routes must be set in order to alleviate fears of price rises and anti-competitive behaviour.

Latest News

  • Destinations
  • News

APT Launches 2025 Asia Adventures

APT has launched its Asia Adventures for 2025, including new luxury holidays in India, Sri Lanka and Japan. Five new tours lead guests to the highlights of India, including a seven-night cruise along the rarely travelled Lower Ganges aboard the Ganges Voyager. Further south, Sri Lanka’s greatest destinations are revealed on a new 15-day Land […]

  • Cruise
  • Luxury
  • News

Seabourn announces Western Kimberley Traditional Owners as Godparents of Seabourn Pursuit

Seabourn has named Western Kimberley Traditional Owners, the Wunambal Gaambera, as Godparents of the ultra-luxury purpose-built Seabourn Pursuit. It is the first cruise line to appoint Traditional Owners as godparents of a ship. Seabourn Pursuit embarks on its inaugural season in the Kimberley region this June. The naming ceremony will take place on Seabourn Pursuit’s […]

  • Luxury

Malolo Island Resort opens brand new Spa

Fiji’s Malolo Island has added another string to its bow – opening its $1.3 million day spa on Thursday, 18th April 2024. (Lead Image: matriarch Rosie Whitton with spa staff) Located at the edge of the resort’s luscious patch of tropical rainforest, the new “Leilani’s Spa” adds another level of elevated experiences to Malolo’s already […]