Australia's IASC gives capacity rights approval to three carriers

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Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) has granted capacity rights to Qantas, Pacific Air Express and Virgin Australia on various routes.

The IASC has approved Qantas's request for an allocation of 2,301 seats per week on routes to China for five years starting 2 March 2014.

The seat capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with China Eastern Airlines, as part of its codesharing agreements.

On the Papua New Guinea route, the IASC has approved Qantas's request for an allocation of 35t freight capacity. The carrier proposes to operate Boeing 737-300 Freighter aircraft from the fleet of its wholly-owned subsidiary company, Express Freighters Australia.

The allocation is for five years and capacity must be fully utilised by 30 April 2014.

The capacity may be used by Qantas or the carrier's wholly-owned subsidiary. It may also be used by the carrier to provide joint services with its wholly-owned subsidiary.

Qantas has also received approval to operate a weekly cargo service on routes to Vietnam for five years, starting 13 January 2014.

In addition, the IASC has approved Pacific Air Express's application of three weekly freight services on the Nauru route, effective for five years. The service will be operated using 737F aircraft.

The approved capacity cannot be used to provide joint services with another Australian carrier or person without the IASC's approval.

Virgin Australia has also received approval from the IASC to use 720 seats per week on the Indonesia route.

The seat capacity is allocated to the Australian carrier for five years from 25 February 2014 and only Virgin Australia is permitted to utilise the capacity.

The carrier cannot use the capacity for joint services with another Australian carrier or any other person without the IASC's approval.