Qantas, China Eastern Airlines withdraw request to regulator to extend pact
10/24/2023|2:58:14 PM|Reuters

Qantas Airways said the company and China Eastern Airlines have withdrawn their application to the Australian competition regulator that sought to extend their joint business.

The announcement comes a month after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it planned to end a long-surviving partnership between the two airlines over claims it would lessen competition and provide the airlines a chance to hike airfare.

The partnership allowed Qantas and China Eastern to coordinate passenger and cargo movement between Australia and China.

Recently, Qantas also scrapped its A$611 million ($388.60 million) plan to buy out charter flight operator Alliance Aviation Services (AQZ.AX), after the ACCC blocked the deal.

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