Virgin raises concerns with ACCC about Qantas tie-up with Emirates


By Steve Creedy

VIRGIN Australia has told the competition watchdog it believes the Qantas-Emirates tie-up does not produce public benefits that outweigh the proposal’s anti-competitive detriment.

Australia’s second biggest carrier, which is 10 per cent owned by Etihad and has its own marketing alliance with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, said the proposal raised complex issues across many markets including some in which its rivals would have a big combined market share.

It said the airlines’ submission did not adequately address these issues and has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to refuse an interim authorisation and take a full six months to make its assessment.

Qantas has asked for the interim authorisation so it can share information with Dubai-based Emirates and start preparing for the start of the alliance. More info