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  • Papua New Guinea

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application [PDF: 326 KB]   from Qantas seeking a variation of Determination [2014] IASC 105 on the Papua New Guinea  route, which allocates 888 seats per week in each direction, to increase the allocation by 1,000 seats per week.

This will bring Qantas’ total allocation to 1,888 seats per week, the same number that Qantas currently holds in total on the route. Qantas will then seek to vary the expiry date of Determination [2011] IASC 132 to the date when the variation to [2014] IASC 105 takes effect.

Qantas is also seeking the inclusion of the following conditions:

  • the capacity may be utilised by Qantas or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas;
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide services jointly with Air Niugini.

In 2012, the Commission authorised Qantas and Air Niugini to code share on the Papua New Guinea route until 30 June 2017. Qantas’ current application seeks to extend the authorisation permitting Qantas to code share with Air Niugini on the Papua New Guinea route.

The Register of Available Capacity published by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development indicates there are 400 seats per week of passenger capacity available for allocation on this route.

Invitation for other applications and submissions

In accordance with sections 12 and 22 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications and submissions on the Qantas application.

The closing date for making an application or submission is 27 April 2016, Wednesday.

If you are intending to make an application or submission, please inform, by email, the Executive Director of the Commission of your intention to make an application/ submission as soon as practicable.

Update: 27-April-2016

Qantas has withdrawn the application in relation to the Papua New Guinea route.