Australian Competition Consumer Commission

Aviation

ACCC blocks Qantas’ proposed tie-up with Japan Airlines

ACCC tsar Rod Sims had already given this proposal a tentative thumbs down back in May, so the final decision should hardly come as a surprise.

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Aviation

Rex lawyers up to take on Qantas over “predatory and anti-competitive” behaviour

If you thought the rivalry between Qantas and Virgin was fierce, Rex is proving to the national carrier that it’s not to be taken lightly either.

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Aviation

Qantas and Jetstar headquarters to stay put, but flying kangaroo’s JAL alliance in doubt

Qantas and Jetstar staff are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief after facing the prospect of having to move interstate and – god forbid – barrack for another footy team.

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Aviation

Garuda to pay $19m price-fixing penalty after dropping appeal

Luckily for the Indonesian airline, the court has approved its request to set up a monthly payment plan for the monstrous fine.

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Aviation

Signed, sealed, delivered: ACCC authorises Virgin’s cooperation plan with Alliance Airlines

by Huntley Mitchell

Did you recently happen to see ACCC tsar Rod Sims popping some mail in your local AusPost box? All is explained here.

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Wholesalers

APT avoids court action by committing to bigger customer refunds for COVID-19 cancellations

The tour company has succumbed to pressure by the ACCC and agreed to stop deducting marketing and overhead costs from booking refunds for COVID cancellations.

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Aviation

ACCC backs reauthorisation of Qantas-American Airlines alliance

It looks like Alan Joyce and Doug Parker will be buying each other anniversary gifts for the next few years.

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Aviation

Qantas’ tie-up with China Eastern Airlines approved by ACCC

It appears Alan Joyce’s tactic of kissing ACCC tsar Rod Sims’ feet worked a treat in getting this aviation alliance approved.

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Travel Agents

AFTA continues to press govt for tailored support, as Frydenberg stands firm on JobKeeper

Staff at Parliament House’s café have already memorised Darren Rudd’s coffee order, as the AFTA boss spends another week down in Canberra.

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Travel Agents

AFTA prompts ACCC to update advice on COVID-affected travel

AFTA boss Darren Rudd has been rolling up his sleeves so much that his buttoned shirt is starting to resemble a tank top.

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Tourism

Travel tops the list of COVID-related complaints received by the ACCC

In what will probably come as a shock to no one, travel has been the most-complained about topic by consumers since COVID-19 hit.

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Aviation

Virgin and Alliance Airlines now authorised to cooperate on regional and international routes

The ACCC has sent its intern to Officeworks for an ink refill, after giving this new airline pact the stamp of approval.

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