Singapore clears Qantas to co-ordinate with Jetstar in Asia

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Singapore’s competition regulator has cleared Jetstar and Qantas to co-ordinate services with Jetstar’s affiliate carriers in Asia.

Under the application by Jetstar and Qantas to the Competition Commission of Singapore, the two carriers were seeking permission to allow them to co-ordinate fares, schedules and marketing with Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Hong Kong.

The commission found that although the plan would raise some competition concerns, “these would be offset by the net economic benefits” to Singaporean consumers, and as such, it has granted the airlines an exemption from the country’s competition laws.

The authorisation from Singapore’s authorities follows a similar authorisation granted by Australia’s competition regulator in March until 2018. In that decision, it noted that the proposed co-ordination would result in benefits to consumers by providing increased connections in Asia.