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The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given oneworld alliance members British Airways (BA) and Qatar Airways the green light to coordinate their services on a number of routes between Australia, Europe and the UK.

The approval, which comes into effect on May 29, will run for five years. It goes beyond codesharing to allow the two airlines to cooperate on schedules, pricing, sales and marketing, frequent flyer programs and lounge access on routes from four Australian cities to the UK and Europe, via Doha (DOH).

In their application, which was submitted prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the airlines said the new agreement would allow them to “offer customers more compelling and competitive travel options than either would be able to individually, as well as generating efficiencies and cost savings.”

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