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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Regulatory scrutiny of Australian aviation industry takes off

23 October 2023

Shortly after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) three-year domestic airline monitoring program ended in June 2023, the Federal Government made a controversial decision in July 2023 to block an application made by Qatar Airways to increase its landing slots at airports in Australia. This decision has been criticised as anti-competitive and prompted a Senate Inquiry which further exposed practices in the aviation industry in Australia, calling for regulatory reforms.

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