Cases Completed in 2016

Below is a list of the Commission's completed cases in 2016.

United Arab Emirates - 22 November 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 39 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking to renew Determination [2012] IASC 107, which allocates 14 frequencies of capacity per week on the UAE route.

In accordance with sections 17 and 12 of the International Air Services Commission ACT 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application is Tuesday, 6 December 2016.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform the Executive Director of the Commission, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), of your intention to make an application as soon as possible.

Update - 19 December 2016

On 19 December 2016, the Commission issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 113 PDF: 1491 KB ReadSpeaker allocating to Qantas Airways Limited 14 frequencies of capacity per week in each direction on the UAE route. The determination is valid for five years from 13 November 2017.

Fiji - 22 November 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 39 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking to renew Determination [2011] IASC 130, which allocates 852 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the Fiji route.

In accordance with sections 17 and 12 of the International Air Services Commission ACT 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application is Tuesday, 6 December 2016.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform the Executive Director of the Commission, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), of your intention to make an application as soon as possible.

Update - 19 December 2016

On 19 December 2016, the Commission issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 111 PDF: 1310 KB ReadSpeaker allocating to Qantas Airways Limited 852 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the Fiji route. The determination is valid for five years from 5 November 2017.

Solomon Islands - 22 November 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 782 KB from Virgin Australia seeking to renew Determination [2011] IASC 115, which allocates 360 seats per week on the Australia - Solomon Islands route.

In accordance with sections 17 and 12 of the International Air Services Commission ACT 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Virgin Australia application.

The closing date for making an application is Tuesday, 6 December 2016.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform the Executive Director of the Commission, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), of your intention to make an application as soon as possible.

Update - 19 December 2016

On 19 December 2016, the Commission issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 114 PDF: 1583 KB ReadSpeaker allocating to Virgin Australia Airlines (SE Asia) Pty Ltd 360 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the Solomon Islands route. The determination is valid for five years from 10 December 2017.

Fiji - 22 November 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 782 KB from Virgin Australia seeking to renew Determination [2011] IASC 131, which allocates, to Pacific Blue Australia, 907 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the Fiji route. In its application Virgin also requested that the new determination reflect the name change to Virgin Australia.

In accordance with sections 17 and 12 of the International Air Services Commission ACT 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Virgin Australia application.

The closing date for making an application is Tuesday, 6 December 2016.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform the Executive Director of the Commission, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), of your intention to make an application as soon as possible.

Update - 19 December 2016

On 19 December 2016, the Commission issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 112 PDF: 1021 KB ReadSpeaker allocating to Virgin Australia Airlines (SE Asia) Pty Ltd 907 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the Fiji route. The determination is valid for five years from 5 November 2017.

Additionally, the Commission issued Resolution [2016] IASC R02 PDF: 191 KB ReadSpeaker recognising the name change of Pacific Blue Airlines (Aust) Pty Ltd to Virgin Australia Airlines (SE Asia) Pty Ltd and reflect the new name of the holder of the capacity in Determination [2011] IASC 131.

Singapore - 22 November 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 76 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking to vary Determination [2007] IASC 116 to permit Fiji Airways to code share on Qantas operated services. The variation is requested for the duration of the determination.

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Commission ACT 1992, the Commission invites submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making a submission is Tuesday, 6 December 2016.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform the Executive Director of the Commission, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), of your intention to make a submission as soon as possible.

Update - 19 December 2016

On 19 December 2016, the Commission issued Decision [2016] IASC 223 varying [2007] IASC 116 PDF: 1279 KB ReadSpeaker to permit Fiji Airways to offer code share services on flights operated by Qantas on the Singapore route.

Papua New Guinea - 26 August 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 59 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking to vary the following determinations on the Papua New Guinea route:

  • [2011] IASC 132, as amended by [2012] IASC 215;
  • [2014] IASC 105; and
  • [2016] IASC 110.

Qantas is seeking to vary the above determinations to enable reciprocal code sharing with Air Niugini, planned from 30 October 2016. Under the new free-sale code share arrangements between Qantas and Air Niugini, Qantas plans to use the capacity to code share on passenger services operated by Air Niugini between Port Moresby and Brisbane/Sydney/Cairns, while Air Niugini plans to code share on Qantas-operated services between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Act 1992, the Commission invites submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making a submission is 9 September 2016, Friday.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 05 September 2016

The Commission will assess the application against the public benefit criteria in paragraph 5 of the Minister's Policy Statement and has written to Qantas inviting it to address the paragraph 5 criteria. PDF: 49 KB ReadSpeaker

The Commission will publish the Qantas submission once it is received and invite submissions from interested parties. Interested parties will have 10 working days from the date of notification to lodge their submissions.

Update - 09 September 2016

Submissions Received:

06 September 2016 - Mr Michael Murphy PDF: 189 KB ReadSpeaker

09 September 2016 - Virgin Australia PDF: 344 KB ReadSpeaker

09 September 2016 - Air Niugini PDF: 146 KB ReadSpeaker

Update - 15 September 2016

The International Air Services Commission received a supplementary application PDF: 148 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas addressing the paragraph 5 criteria in relation to Qantas' application to vary three determinations on the Papua New Guinea route.  

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites interested parties to make submissions about the Qantas supplementary application.

The closing date for making a submission is 30 September 2016, Friday.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 07 October 2016

Submissions Received:

30 September 2016 - Virgin Australia - PDF: 432 KB ReadSpeaker

06 October 2016 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) PDF: 1674 KB ReadSpeaker

Update - 14 October 2016

Submission Received:

14 October 2016 - Qantas - PDF: 139 KB ReadSpeaker

Update - 21 October 2016

On 20 October 2016, the Commission issued Draft Decisions [2016] IASC 220d, [2016] IASC 221d and [2016] IASC 222d PDF: 367 KB ReadSpeaker, which propose to vary Determinations [2011] IASC 132, [2014] IASC 105 and [2016] IASC 110 to permit Qantas to provide services jointly with Air Niugini, between Port Moresby and Brisbane and between Port Moresby and Sydney until 30 June 2018.

The Commission invites submissions on the Draft Decisions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making a submission is Friday, 4 November 2016.

If you are intending to make a submission, could you please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as possible.

Update - 07 November 2016

Submissions received on the Draft Decisions [2016] IASC 220d, [2016] IASC 221d and [2016] IASC 222d:

23 October 2016 - Mr Brad Jackson - PDF: 24 KB ReadSpeaker

31 October 2016 - Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council - PDF: 73 KB ReadSpeaker

1 November 2016 - Pacific Air Express - PDF: 2029 KB ReadSpeaker

4 November 2016 - Qantas - PDF: 267 KB ReadSpeaker

Update - 17 November 2016

On 16 November 2016, the Commission issued Decisions [2016] IASC 220, [2016] IASC 221 and [2016] IASC 222 PDF: 973 KB ReadSpeaker permitting the capacity to be used for code share by Qantas and Air Niugini on the Brisbane-Port Moresby and Sydney-Port Moresby sectors. The permission is valid until 30 June 2018.

Thailand - 07 September 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 78 KB from Qantas seeking to vary Determination [2011] IASC 123, which allocates 35.6 B747 equivalent units of capacity per week and 26 third country code share frequencies per week on the Thailand route, to permit Jet Airways to code share on Qantas operated services.

Qantas and Jet Airways plan to code share on the Thailand route, whereby Jet Airways will code share on Qantas services between Bangkok and Sydney and Qantas will place its code on Jet Airways' services between Bangkok and Mumbai/New Delhi.

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making a submission is 21 September 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 22 September 2016

On 22 September 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Decision [2016] IASC 219 PDF: 1143 KB ReadSpeaker varying Determination [2011] IASC 123 to permit the use of the capacity for code share services between Qantas and Jet Airways on the Thailand route.

New Zealand - 06 September 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 454 KB ReadSpeaker from Virgin Australia seeking to vary Determination [2007] IASC 118 (as varied by Decisions [2009] IASC 201, [2010] IASC 208, [2011] IASC 201, [2011] IASC 210 and [2012] IASC 219) to permit the utilisation of capacity for code share services with Air Berlin on the New Zealand Route.

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites submissions on the Virgin Australia application.

The closing date for making a submission is 20 September 2016, Tuesday.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 21 September 2016

On 21 September 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Decision [2016] IASC 218 PDF: 157 KB ReadSpeaker varying Determination [2007] IASC 118 to permit Air Berlin to code share on services operated by Virgin Australia International Airlines Pty Ltd between Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand - 24 August 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 418 KB ReadSpeaker from Virgin Australia seeking to vary Determination [2007] IASC 118 (as varied by Decisions [2009] IASC 201, [2010] IASC 208, [2011] IASC 201, [2011] IASC 210 and [2012] IASC 219) to permit the utilisation of capacity for code share services with Alitalia on the New Zealand Route.

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites submissions on the Virgin Australia application.

The closing date for making a submission is 7 September 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 09 September 2016

On 8 September 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Decision [2016] IASC 217 PDF: 154 KB ReadSpeaker varying Determination [2007] IASC 118 to permit Alitalia to code share on services operated by Virgin Australia International Airlines Pty Ltd between Australia and New Zealand.

Papua New Guinea - 27 July 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application from Qantas seeking to renew Determination [2011] IASC 132 PDF: 180 KB ReadSpeaker which allocates 1,000 seats per week of capacity on the Papua New Guinea route. The application for renewal is made on the following basis:

  • the capacity may be utilized by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas (such as Jetstar); and
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas.

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application is 10 August 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application as soon as practicable.

Update - 12 August 2016

On 12 August 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 110 PDF: 1048 KB ReadSpeaker allocating 1,000 seats per week in each direction in favour of Qantas on the Papua New Guinea route. The determination is valid for five years from 1 July 2017.

Korea - 28 June 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application from Qantas PDF: 111 KB ReadSpeaker seeking to renew Determination [2011] IASC 125 which allocates 500 seats per week of capacity on the Korea route.

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application is  12 July 2016, Tuesday.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform, by email (at iasc@infrastructure.gov.au), the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application as soon as practicable.

Update - 14 July 2016

On 14 July 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 109 PDF: 1011 KB ReadSpeaker allocating to Qantas 500 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the Korea route in accordance with the Australia-Korea air services arrangements. The capacity may be used for code share services between Qantas and Asian Airlines on the route. The determination is valid for five years from 1 July 2017.

France Route 1 - 20 June 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application from Qantas PDF: 134 KB ReadSpeaker seeking to renew Determination [2011] IASC 119  which allocates 250 one-way seats per day averaged over 12 months in each direction on France Route 1. The Determination, as varied, permits the use of the capacity for code share services with British Airways, Air France and Emirates.

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application is 4 July 2016, Monday.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application as soon as practicable. You can send your email to iasc@infrastructure.gov.au.

Update - 06 July 2016

On 6 July 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 108 PDF: 954 KB ReadSpeaker allocating 250 one-way seats per day of capacity in favour of Qantas on the France Route 1. The determination is valid for five years from 22 May 2017.

Hong Kong - 31 May 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application from Virgin Australia PDF: 651 KB ReadSpeaker seeking allocation of seven frequencies per week on the Hong Kong route.

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Virgin Australia application.

The closing date for making an application is 14 June 2016, Tuesday.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application as soon as practicable.

Update - 17 June 2016

On 17 June 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Determination [2016] IASC 107 PDF: 800 KB ReadSpeaker allocating seven frequencies per week in favour of Virgin Australia International Airline Pty Ltd on the Hong Kong route. The determination is valid for five years.

China - 31 May 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application from Virgin Australia PDF: 651 KB ReadSpeaker seeking allocation of 1,925 seats per week on the China route.

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the Virgin Australia application.

The closing date for making an application is 14 June 2016, Tuesday.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application as soon as practicable.

Update - 17 June 2016

On 17 June 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Determination [2016] IASC 106 PDF: 819 KB ReadSpeaker allocating 1,925 seats per week in favour of Virgin Australia International Airline Pty Ltd on the China route. The determination is valid for five years.

Singapore - 30 May 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application from Qantas PDF: 131 KB ReadSpeaker seeking to renew Determination [2006] IASC 126 which allocates unlimited frequency and capacity for all-cargo services on the Singapore route.

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications on the route.

The closing date for making an application is 13 June 2016, Monday.

If you are intending to make an application, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application as soon as practicable.

Update - 16 June 2016

On 16 June 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Determination [2016] IASC 105 PDF: 720 KB ReadSpeaker renewing [2006] IASC 126 which allocates unlimited frequency and capacity for all-cargo services on the Singapore route. The new Determination is valid for 10 years from 7 May 2017.

Solomon Islands - 02 May 2016

International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received applications PDF: 320 KB ReadSpeaker from Virgin Australia to vary Determinations [2011] IASC 115 and [2013] IASC 133 to permit the use of the capacity for code share services with Singapore Airlines on the Solomon Islands route.

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites submissions about the proposed variations.

The closing date for making a submission is 9 May 2016, Monday.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 16 May 2016

On 16 May 2016, the Commission’s delegate issued the following decisions:

  • [2016] IASC 203 PDF: 1153 KB ReadSpeaker varying Determination [2011] IASC 115; and
  • [2016] IASC 204 PDF: 1071 KB ReadSpeaker varying Determination [2013] IASC 133.

The decisions provide permission for Virgin Australia to use the capacity allocated on the Solomon Islands route for code share services with Singapore Airlines to be conducted in accordance with the air services arrangements between Australia and the Solomon Islands and Singapore.

New Caledonia - 12 April 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application from Qantas PDF: 299 KB ReadSpeaker seeking a new determination on the New Caledonia route effectively consolidating its multiple determinations on the route. Qantas is applying for a fresh allocation of 788 seats (the same number that it currently holds in total on the route) and will seek to revoke its existing determinations within 10 working days from the date of issue of the new determination.

Qantas is also seeking the inclusion of the following conditions:

  • the determination is for a period of five years from the date of issue;
  • the capacity will be fully utilised by 30 April 2017;
  • the capacity may be utilised by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide services jointly with Aircalin.

The Register of Available Capacity published by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development indicates there are 1,612 seats per week of passenger capacity available for allocation on this route.

Invitation for other applications and submissions

In accordance with sections 12 and 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications and submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application or submission is 27 April 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make an application or submission, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application/ submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 09 May 2016

On 9 May 2016, the Commission issued Determination [2016] IASC 104 PDF: 1508 KB ReadSpeaker in favour of Qantas allocating 788 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the France—Route 3 (New Caledonia) route. The new Determination effectively consolidates Qantas' multiple determinations on the route. Qantas is required to revoke the various determinations within 10 working days of the issue of the new Determination. The capacity may be utilised by either Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas. Qantas is also permitted to utilise the capacity for code share services with Aircalin. The capacity is required to be fully utilised by no later than 30 April 2017.

Update - 17 May 2016

On 16 May 2016, the Commission’s delegate issued the following Decisions:

  • [2016] IASC 212 PDF: 238 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2010] IASC 112
  • [2016] IASC 213 PDF: 240 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2010] IASC 113
  • [2016] IASC 214 PDF: 236 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2011] IASC 120
  • [2016] IASC 215 PDF: 239 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2015] IASC 115
  • [2016] IASC 216 PDF: 238 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2016] IASC 101

Philippines - 12 April 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 304 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking a new determination on the Philippines route effectively consolidating its multiple determinations on the route. Qantas is applying for a fresh allocation of 1,927 seats (the same number that it currently holds in total on the route) and will seek to revoke its existing determinations within 10 working days from the date of issue of the new determination.

Qantas is also seeking the inclusion of the following conditions:

  • the determination is for a period of five years from the date of issue;
  • the capacity will be fully utilised by 30 April 2017;
  • the capacity may be utilised by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas.

The Register of Available Capacity published by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development indicates there are 6,373 seats per week of passenger capacity available for allocation and from the start of the 2016 Northern Summer, there will be a total of 7,373 seats available capacity on this route.

Invitation for other applications and submissions

In accordance with sections 12 and 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications and submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application or submission is 27 April 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make an application or submission, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application/ submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 09 May 2016

On 9 May 2016, the Commission issued Determination [2016] IASC 103 PDF: 1098 KB ReadSpeaker in favour of Qantas allocating 1,927 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the Philippines route. The new Determination effectively consolidates Qantas’ multiple determinations on the route. Qantas is required to revoke the various determinations within 10 working days of the issue of the new Determination. The capacity may be utilised by either Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas. The capacity is required to be fully utilised by no later than 30 April 2017.

Update - 17 May 2016

On 16 May 2016, the Commission’s delegate issued the following Decisions:

  • [2016] IASC 207 PDF: 236 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2011] IASC 124
  • [2016] IASC 208 PDF: 238 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2012] IASC 101
  • [2016] IASC 209 PDF: 238 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2013] IASC 102
  • [2016] IASC 210 PDF: 237 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2014] IASC 101
  • [2016] IASC 211 PDF: 237 KB ReadSpeaker revoking [2014] IASC 115

China - 12 April 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 45 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking a new determination on the China route effectively consolidating its multiple determinations on the route. Qantas is applying for a fresh allocation of 4,471 seats (the same number that it currently holds in total on the route) and will seek to revoke its existing determinations within 10 working days from the date of issue of the new determination.

Qantas is also seeking the inclusion of the following conditions:

  • the determination is for a period of five years from the date of issue;
  • the capacity will be fully utilised by 30 April 2017;
  • the capacity may be utilised by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide services jointly with China Eastern.

As not all of the above conditions are included in the existing determinations sought to be consolidated, Qantas is effectively seeking a variation.

Invitation for other applications and submissions

In accordance with sections 12 and 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications and submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application or submission is 27 April 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make an application or submission, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application/ submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 09 May 2016

On 9 May 2016, the Commission issued Determination [2016] IASC 102 PDF: 1643 KB ReadSpeaker in favour of Qantas allocating 4,471 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the China route. The new Determination replaces [2011] IASC 113 and [2013] IASC 125 which Qantas is required to revoke within 10 working days of the issue of the new Determination. The capacity may be utilised by either Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas. Qantas is also permitted to utilise the capacity for code share services with China Eastern. The capacity is required to be fully utilised by no later than 30 April 2017.

Update - 17 May 2016

On 16 May 2106, the Commission's delegate issued Decisions [2016] IASC 205 PDF: 233 KB ReadSpeaker and [2016] IASC 206 PDF: 231 KB ReadSpeaker revoking Determinations [2011] IASC 113 and [2013] IASC 125, respectively.

Thailand - 02 May 2016

On 2 May 2016, the Commission’s delegate issued Decision [2016] IASC 202 PDF: 254 KB ReadSpeaker, upon the request of Virgin Australia, to revoke Determination [2013] IASC 140 which allocated 3.15 B747 equivalent services per week on the Thailand route.

Papua New Guinea - 16 April 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 319 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking a variation of Determination [2014] IASC 105 on the Papua New Guinea  route, which allocates 888 seats per week in each direction, to increase the allocation by 1,000 seats per week.

This will bring Qantas’ total allocation to 1,888 seats per week, the same number that Qantas currently holds in total on the route. Qantas will then seek to vary the expiry date of Determination [2011] IASC 132 to the date when the variation to [2014] IASC 105 takes effect.

Qantas is also seeking the inclusion of the following conditions:

  • the capacity may be utilised by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide services jointly with Air Niugini.

In 2012, the Commission authorised Qantas and Air Niugini to code share on the Papua New Guinea route until 30 June 2017. Qantas’ current application seeks to extend the authorisation permitting Qantas to code share with Air Niugini on the Papua New Guinea route.

The Register of Available Capacity published by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development indicates there are 400 seats per week of passenger capacity available for allocation on this route.

Invitation for other applications and submissions

In accordance with sections 12 and 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications and submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application or submission is 27 April 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make an application or submission, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application/ submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 27 April 2016

Qantas has withdrawn the application in relation to the Papua New Guinea route.

United Arab Emirates - 11 April 2016

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 237 KB ReadSpeaker from Virgin Australia seeking a variation of Determination [2014] IASC 116, held by Virgin Australia International Airlines Pty Ltd, to permit the use of the capacity for code share services with Alitalia on the United Arab Emirates route.

In accordance with section 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites submissions about the proposed variation.

The closing date for making a submission is 26 April 2016, Tuesday.

If you are intending to make a submission, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make a submission as soon as practicable.

Update - 27 April 2016

On 27 April 2016, the Commission's delegate issued Decision [2016] IASC 201 PDF: 962 KB ReadSpeaker varying Determination [2014] IASC 116 to permit Alitalia to code share on services operated by Virgin Australia International Airlines Pty Ltd between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

New Caledonia - 10 December 2015

The International Air Services Commission has received an application PDF: 324 KB ReadSpeaker from Qantas seeking a renewal of Determination [2010] IASC 113, as amended, which allocates 149 seats per week of capacity on the New Caledonia route.

There are currently 1,612 seats per week of capacity available for immediate allocation to Australian carriers on the New Caledonia route.

In accordance with section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications for the capacity.

The closing date for notice of intention to make an application is COB (i.e. 5pm) on 17 December 2015, with the application due by COB (i.e.5pm) 24 December 2015. If no notice of intention is received by COB 17 December 2015, the Commission may proceed to make a decision.

Update - 04 March 2016

On 4 March 2016, the Commission issued Renewal Determination [2016] IASC 101 PDF: 1399 KB ReadSpeaker allocating, in favour of Qantas, 149 seats of capacity per week in each direction on the New Caledonia route. The new determination is valid for five years from 13 December 2016. It permits the capacity to be used by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas.

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Last Updated: 20 December, 2016