Singapore Airlines Limited and Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Summary

On 23 September 2021 Singapore Airlines Limited (Singapore Airlines) and Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Lufthansa) applied for revocation of authorisation AA60295-3 and substitution for a new authorisation for similar conduct for a further five years.

The proposed conduct would enable the Applicants and their related bodies corporate to continue to coordinate certain operations between Singapore Home Markets (currently Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and Malaysia) and Lufthansa Home Markets (currently Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland).

Under the new authorisation, the Applicants are seeking to expand the Singapore Home Markets to also include three additional countries, and to expand the Lufthansa Home Markets to also include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The Applicants have also requested interim authorisation to allow them to engage in the proposed conduct between the expiry of authorisation AA60295-3 on 10 December 2021 and the ACCC’s final determination on the substantive application for authorisation.

The ACCC is currently seeking submissions in relation to the Applicants' requests for reauthorisation and interim authorisation by 5 November 2021.

An indicative timetable for the ACCC’s assessment is set out below.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

23 September 2021

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

14 October 2021

Public consultation process begins.

5 November 2021

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

November 2021

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

November/December 2021

Draft determination and interim authorisation decision. An interim authorisation decision will be made before 10 December 2021.

December 2021/January 2022

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

February/March 2022

Final determination.

Applicant(s)

  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Singapore Airlines Ltd

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000580-1

Applications

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