Vir­gin and Vir­gin

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VIR­GIN Aus­tralia was this morn­ing granted fi­nal au­tho­ri­sa­tion for its co­op­er­a­tion deal with Vir­gin At­lantic by the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion.

The full ap­proval, valid through un­til 30 Nov 2024, fol­lows a draft de­ter­mi­na­tion au­tho­ris­ing the co­op­er­a­tion in Sep (TD 13 Sep).

The pact will see VA and VS more closely co­op­er­ate on flights be­tween Aus­tralia and the UK/ Ire­land, via Hong Kong, Los An­ge­les and any other fu­ture con­nect­ing points.

Co­op­er­a­tion in­cludes joint pric­ing, in­ven­tory and mar­ket­ing.

“The ar­range­ments which have been au­tho­rised will not lessen com­pe­ti­tion on any route, and are likely to pro­vide pub­lic ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing through im­proved sched­ul­ing and en­hanced loy­alty pro­gram ben­e­fits,” ac­cord­ing to ACCC Com­mis­sioner, Stephen Ridge­way.

He said Vir­gin Aus­tralia be­lieves the co­op­er­a­tion will in­crease its pas­sen­ger num­bers and make its Hong Kong flights more sus­tain­able, with the de­ci­sion iron­i­cally com­ing just as VA has axed its Mel­bourne-Hong Kong route (TD 06 Nov).

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