first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have given initial support to a five year extension of the joint services agreement (JSA) between Qantas Airways Ltd and British Airways. The JSA, which has been in operation for the past 14 years, allows both airlines to coordinate commercial arrangements between their travel services, particularly between Australian and Europe. “The ACCC considers the JSA is likely to continue to deliver public benefits in the form of lower fares and broader availability of schedule options for air passengers,” ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said.The strong competition on most routes operated under the deal means that cost savings arising from the JSA are likely to be passed on to consumers.”The increasing competition from other carriers means the JSA is unlikely to result in any substantial lessening of competition in the relevant markets,” he said.The ACCC’s draft determination will be available from the ACCC website, The ACCC invites submissions from interested parties by 25 February 2010.last_img

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