CCCS issues note on airline alliances

The guidance note highlights procedural and substantive issues commonly encountered during CCCS' review process, and how airlines can take steps to avoid them.
The guidance note highlights procedural and substantive issues commonly encountered during CCCS' review process, and how airlines can take steps to avoid them. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has issued a guidance note to provide airlines with more clarity on the competition assessment of their alliance agreements, and to introduce a new streamlined review process.

The guidance note highlights procedural and substantive issues commonly encountered during CCCS' review process, and how airlines can take steps to avoid them.

Matters addressed in the note include when airlines should file a notification, the availability of a streamlined process for expedited assessment of airline alliance agreements based on a basket of factors, and the deliberation of strategic air hub benefits and benefits to consumers.

The new streamlined review process provides an indicative timeframe for the completion of a competition assessment of airline alliance agreements.

The indicative timeframe comprises a phase one review of 30 working days, followed by a phase two review of up to 120 working days.

However, the commission had in the past completed its assessment within a shorter time for most of the airline alliance agreements that were notified, said the CCCS.

More information can be found on the CCCS website under the Public Register and Consultation section.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2018, with the headline 'CCCS issues note on airline alliances'. Print Edition | Subscribe