Virgin Australia, HNA Group, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express and their respective passenger airline subsidiaries, seek authorisation in relation to their proposed Alliance to coordinate international passenger transport services between Australia and mainland China, and Australia and Hong Kong.
Specifically, the Applicants seek authorisation to make, and give effect to, the Alliance Framework Agreement and associated agreements including codeshare and special prorate agreements, a reciprocal frequent flyer participation and lounge access agreement and route planning agreements (the Alliance).
The Applicants seek authorisation for a minimum of 10 years.
On 20 March 2017 the ACCC granted interim authorisation to the Alliance.
On 2 June 2017, the ACCC released a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation, subject to a condition, for five years.
Submisssions in response to the draft determination have now closed. The ACCC expects to release a final determination in July 2017.