After consulting with related stakeholders, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has determined to approve Korean Air’s acquisition of Asiana Airlines.
Even although Korean Air and Asiana are the one carriers providing direct flights between Sydney and Seoul, the ACCC has mentioned that Qantas and Jetstar will quickly launch providers on this route, introducing efficient competitors.
ACCC Chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb acknowledged that the provision of each full-service and low-cost airways by the Qantas Group on the Sydney–Seoul route signifies that efficient competitors is more likely to exist.
Korean Air anticipates that permission from the Australian competitors authorities will facilitate and expedite the remaining regulatory processes.
Korean Air has gotten clearance from Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, and Vietnam after submitting enterprise mixture experiences to the 9 nations that want reporting on January 14, 2021. Regarding firm mergers and acquisitions, the Thailand Competition Commission has mentioned that no formal report needs to be filed.
Korean Air has additionally been given the all-clear by Singapore and Malaysia, each of which have a extra subjective method to reporting. The enterprise merger report was decided to be pointless by the Philippines.
Korean Air will preserve open traces of communication and cooperation with the United States, European Union, China, and Japan, in addition to the United Kingdom, the place reporting is discretionary, with a view to full the acquisition course of.