After months of deliberation the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has finally approved the the alliance between Qantas (QF) and Emirates (EK) while imposing capacity restrictions on the services the carriers operate between Australia and New Zealand.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said the commission believed the alliance would benefit travellers. However, as a condition of authorisation, the ACCC requires the carriers “to maintain at least their pre-alliance aggregated capacity on the four overlapping trans-Tasman routes” where they currently have an estimated 65% of the market.

The alliance officially begins on March 31.

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