PRICE watchdog Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has extended flag carrier Air Niugini’s code share arrangement with Qantas.
The "conditional authorisation" to code share with Qantas for two and a half years will see Air Niugini and Qantas continue the arrangement for a total of four and a half years effective come Jan 1 until June 30, 2012.
This was announced last Friday by ICCC Commissioner and chief executive officer Thomas Abe after ICCC’s review into the code share arrangement between the two airline companies.
This was after Air Niugini applied for authorisation last August to ICCC in accordance with Section 70 of the Independent Consumer and Competition Act 2002 for an extension of the arrangement beyond the current expiry date.
The current two-year ICCC-approved arrangement since 2007 will expire next Thursday.
The 2007 ICCC initial approval followed a joint review of the arrangement with the international air services commission (IASC) of Australia.