Australian regulator gives approval for global Qantas-Emirates alliance


SYDNEY — Australia’s competition regulator gave Qantas Airways Ltd. and Emirates final approval Wednesday to form a five-year global alliance, with special conditions for flights across the Tasman Sea.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said the partnership will give the public better products and service offerings.

“The ACCC is satisfied that the alliance is likely to result in material, but not substantial, public benefits,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.

The ACCC had already granted interim approval, allowing the Australian and Dubai-based carriers to sell codeshare flights between Australia and Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.