ACCC: Qantas and Emirates withdraw application for interim authorisation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that Qantas and Emirates have withdrawn their application to the ACCC for interim authorisation to plan and negotiate their proposed alliance.

"The ACCC is continuing to examine the airlines' substantive application for authorisation, and the decision to withdraw the interim application has no impact on that broader assessment" ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

"The ACCC also notes that Qantas and Emirates believe that they are able to undertake a significant amount of preparatory work without the need for interim authorisation," Mr Sims said.

The ACCC expects to release a draft determination in December 2012.

The ACCC expects to release a final decision in March 2013.

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