Singapore Airlines has welcomed the Competition Commission of Singapore’s (CCS) approval of its proposed alliance with Virgin Australia. The CCS decision takes the airlines a step closer connecting their respective networks. In addition to codesharing, the alliance is expected to facilitate flight connections, make flight schedules more convenient, offer access to more airport lounges and enhance rewards schemes.
SIA and Virgin lodged an application with the relevant authorities in June, seeking approval to co-operate across a broad range of commercial functions. On 13 October the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced draft approval of the proposed alliance and is now seeking further submissions before making its final decision.