Emirates and Qantas have welcomed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) approval of their partnership for a period of five years.
The partnership will provide customers with a seamless international and Australian network, frequent flyer benefits and world-class travel experiences.
Today’s decision follows a six month review process by the ACCC that included several rounds of public submissions, a pre-decision conference and a comprehensive analysis of the benefits the partnership will deliver to customers.
“This is a truly game-changing partnership that brings together two of the world’s best airlines and offers some of the highest quality travel experiences,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.
Chief Executive Officer of the Qantas Group Alan Joyce said the decision was great news for Australian travellers and local tourism, as well as the airline itself.
“Qantas is an Australian icon and the future of its international business is much brighter with this partnership,” said Mr Joyce.“Customers are already responding very strongly to the joint network that Qantas and Emirates have built, and to the frequent flyer benefits that extend across it, with a significant increase in bookings.”