British Airways & Qatar


On 6 January 2020, British Airways (BA) and Qatar Airways (QR) (together, the Applicants) applied for authorisation to enable them to co-ordinate air passenger services on nine routes between Australia and the UK (the Proposed Conduct). These routes are between four Australian cities and the UK, and operate via Doha. The Australia-Doha leg of the routes are currently serviced by QR but not BA (except through code share relationships with Qantas and/or QR.

The Proposed Conduct may involve co-ordination in relation to activities including: schedule co-ordination, capacity, revenue planning, joint pricing, sales and marketing activities, service parameters and standards, jointly procuring goods and services and frequent flyer programs. The Applicants are seeking authorisation until 2025.

The Applicants have also requested interim authorisation for the Proposed Conduct.

The ACCC invited public submissions on this application for authorisation and interim authorisation. No submissions were received by the requested deadline of 30 January 2020.

The ACCC will progress its assessment of the application in a timely manner. An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

6 January 2020

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

16 January 2020

Public consultation process begins.

30 January 2020

Closing date for submissions on interim authorisation and substantive application for authorisation.

February 2020

Applicants respond to issues raised in the public consultation process.

February/March 2020 

ACCC decision regarding interim authorisation and draft determination

April 2020

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

April/May 2020

Final determination.


  • Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C
  • British Airways PLC

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000463-1


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