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Qantas-JAL tie-up faces veto from Australian antitrust regulator

Plan to coordinate flights would undermine post-pandemic competition: watchdog

SYDNEY -- Australia's antitrust watchdog intends to deny a planned five-year agreement by Japan Airlines and Australian peer Qantas Airways to coordinate flights between the two countries.

The companies were the only two airlines offering direct flights between Melbourne and Tokyo before the pandemic, the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission said Thursday.

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