ACCC grants interim approval to Virgin and Skywest's corporate alliance
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granted (25-Jan-2012) interim authorisation for a proposed corporate alliance between Virgin Australia and Skywest. Under the corporate alliance, the airlines propose to offer bundled air passenger transport services to corporate customers seeking an integrated suite of charter, domestic and international services. The ACCC "considers it reasonable for the applicants to begin marketing the corporate alliance and have the opportunity to deliver the claimed public benefits". [more - original PR]
ACCC: "In granting interim authorisation, the ACCC has taken into account that this is unlikely to result in permanent changes to the relevant markets. It will only affect corporate customers who have the option not to acquire the integrated air services package from Virgin and Skywest if they do not consider there is any benefit to them," Rod Sims, chairman. Source: Company Statement, 25-Jan-2012.