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ACCC grants Qantas and Emirates authorisation for alliance

QANTAS could soon be allowed to join with Emirates Airways to run passenger and freight flights across both their international networks, except between Australia and New Zealand.

The two airlines applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for permission to create an alliance on sales and prices, joint marketing, customer handling and capacity cooperation.

On Thursday, the Commission granted interim authorisation to the proposal, on the condition the alliance did not extend to flights between Australia and New Zealand.

The authorisation will let the companies start work on the alliance from April, on the basis the proposal would not affect the price people pay for tickets, due to existing competition in the region.

A final decision will not be made until March.



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