The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has reauthorised an existing partnership between Qantas and Emirates until 2023.
The approval came on the heels of Qantas inaugurating Perth-London services, a more direct alternative to the traditional routes with stops in Dubai, Hong Kong or Singapore. The Australian carrier on Sunday also swapped Dubai for Singapore as a stop along its popular Sydney-London route, in addition to a recent announcement to enter into a partnership with Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport to promote Singapore as a preferred transit point.
Signalling a continued importance of Dubai connections from Australia, the renewed joint business agreement will see Emirates and Qantas offering more destinations on their joint network, greater schedule choice and increased frequent flyer benefits, according to Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
Qantas International’s CEO Alison Webster commented: “With three options to get to Europe; via Perth, Singapore and Dubai, and greater frequency across the Tasman, the ACCC’s decision allows us to continue to jointly provide the best network, the best service and the best frequent flyer programmes for millions of customers travelling between Australia/New Zealand and the UK and Europe.”