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CCS seeking feedback on planned SIA-Air New Zealand tie-up

The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is seeking public feedback on a proposed strategic alliance between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand as the agreement could restrict competition on air travel between the two countries.

SINGAPORE: The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) is seeking public feedback on a proposed strategic alliance between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand as the agreement could restrict competition on air travel between the two countries.

In a media release, CCS said it received a notification on 30 January about the proposed strategic alliance between SIA and Air New Zealand.

Earlier in January this year, both airlines announced plans for a tie-up which will enable SIA to operate its Airbus A380 superjumbos to New Zealand for the first time, progressively replacing daily services using the smaller Boeing 777-300ER.

Air New Zealand will launch daily services between Auckland and Singapore. SIA's daily Singapore-Christchurch service will continue as part of the alliance.

Besides SIA and Air New Zealand, other airlines that connect Singapore and New Zealand include Qantas's budget unit Jetstar and Malaysia Airlines.

More information on the public consultation can be accessed and downloaded from the CCS website.

The closing date for submissions is on or before 26 February 2014.  


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