On 23 March 2020, Regional Express Pty Ltd (Rex) applied for authorisation to coordinate flight schedules with Qantas Airways Limited (QantasLink) and Virgin Australia Holdings Limited (Virgin Australia) (together, the Participating Airlines), as necessary, to reduce capacity on ten regional routes (the Relevant Routes) and enter into agreements to share revenue on the Relevant Routes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (the Proposed Conduct).
Rex also requested interim authorisation to enable the Participating Airlines to engage in the Proposed Conduct while the ACCC is considering the substantive application.
On 26 March 2020, the ACCC granted interim authorisation subject to the condition that if any of the participating airlines agree to coordinate flight schedules and/or share revenue on a Relevant Route while interim authorisation is in effect (Coordinated Flights), the participating airlines must not set a fare for a Coordinated Flight that is higher than the equivalent fare specified in their respective fare schedules in place as at 1 February 2020. Further detail on the ACCC’s decision and the condition of interim authorisation is provided in the Interim Authorisation Statement of Reasons, linked below.
On 30 July 2020, the ACCC issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional authorisation to the Participating Airlines until 30 June 2021.
On 11 September 2020, the ACCC issued a determination conditionally authorising the Proposed Conduct until 30 June 2021. The determination is available below.
|ACCC to Interested parties re Consultation Process ( PDF 221.58 KB )||30 Jul 2020|
|ACCC to Interested Parties re Consultation Process ( PDF 280.94 KB )||20 Apr 2020|
|ACCC to Interested Parties re Final Determination ( PDF 213.57 KB )||11 Sep 2020|
|ACCC to Applicant re Request for update ( PDF 800.16 KB )||12 Jun 2020|
|ACCC to Applicant re Response to submissions ( PDF 913.28 KB )||25 May 2020|
|ACCC to Applicant re Request for Further Information ( PDF 686.23 KB )||19 Jun 2020|
|ACCC to Applicant requesting update ( PDF 267.64 KB )||5 May 2020|
|ACCC to Participants requesting update ( PDF 267.3 KB )||5 May 2020|
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Submissions - before draft decision
|Applicant – response to request for information ( PDF 183.35 KB )||13 Jul 2020|
|Applicant response to ACCC information request ( PDF 977.87 KB )||1 Jul 2020|
|Applicant to ACCC providing update ( PDF 168.29 KB )||26 Jun 2020|
|Applicant to ACCC re Response to submissions ( PDF 559.49 KB )||29 May 2020|
|Australian Airports Association ( PDF 439.51 KB )||21 May 2020|
|Dubbo Regional Council ( PDF 339.32 KB )||11 May 2020|
|Qantas Airways Limited ( PDF 179.35 KB )||18 May 2020|
|Armidale Regional Council ( PDF 294.54 KB )||11 May 2020|
|Applicants ( PDF 270.34 KB )||5 May 2020|
|Kangaroo Island Council ( PDF 427.21 KB )||30 Apr 2020|
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