LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has congratulated Qantas on the news that the ACCC has authorised its joint business with China Eastern.
“This is fantastic news and will really boost the reach, flexibility and capacity for passengers and freight throughout Australia and China,” Mr Entsch said today.
“When I heard about the proposal at the end of 2014 I was very happy to provide a letter of support for Qantas to the ACCC as I could see there would be a whole range of benefits.
“As the local Federal Member, and also in my capacity as the Chair of the Joint Select Committee into Northern Australia, I know that growth and investment in the Australia – China market will be pivotal in increasing industry in our region, across Northern Australia and the country as whole.
“Should even the ‘lowest scenario’ forecast spend by Chinese visitors of $7.4 billion be met by 2020, we must support our national airline to compete in this market.
“I’m very pleased that the ACCC has come to the same conclusions and look forward to seeing what opportunities into China this alliance will bring for our region.”