Following a pre-decision conference on 18 October 2010 (see previous post), on 16 December 2010 the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that it had reversed its draft determination (see previous post) and given a conditional authorisation of the application from the Virgin Blue group and Air New Zealand for an Alliance covering their trans-Tasman services. The approval is valid for three years. The ACCC also issued its redacted 120-page final determination.
The Virgin Blue group issued a media statement welcoming the decision. A media statement was also issued by Wellington International Airport.
On 21 December 2010 the New Zealand Minister of Transport, Hon Steven Joyce, announced that he had also given a conditional approval of the application (see previous post). This authorisation is also valid for three years.
The Ministry of Transport made available on its web site a redacted version of its 58-page final report giving advice to the Minister, together with the Alliance Capacity Implementation Agreement and some questions and answers.
Air New Zealand issued a short media statement welcoming the decision.