"We're not dominant", insists Qantas

"We're not dominant", insists Qantas
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Virgin Australia’s claims that Qantas remains the dominant carrier to and from Australia have been rejected by the flag carrier as it sought to deflect criticisms of its proposed tie-up with Emirates.

Virgin told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) earlier this month that far from being in a perilous position, Qantas International was a “strong and vigorous competitor”.

But Qantas said in its latest submission to the ACCC that such an assertion “materially overstates Qantas International‘s market position”.

On its own, Qantas International holds a 17% market share, it said, rising to around 25% combined with Jetstar.

“This is a very low market share for the national carrier,” it said.

By comparison, Qantas said Singapore Airlines holds a 39% share in its home market, Cathay Pacific 38% in Hong Kong while Emirates operates more than 50% of services to and from Dubai.

Qantas also dismissed objections to the alliance from the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association, branding the union's comments as "neither objective nor independent".

Email the Travel Weekly team at traveldesk@travelweekly.com.au

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