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IASC throws open Virgin capacity to Fiji and Solomons

July 10, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Virgin Atlantic has formally asked the International Air Services Commission (IASC) to be allowed to keep its existing capacity on its routes to Fiji and the Solomon Islands – but the IASC has invited other applications.

The IASC is an independent statutory authority, established under the International Air Services Commission Act 1992. Its primary responsibility is to allocate capacity entitlements to Australian EGT_Artical Banner A 250x250airlines for the operation of international airline services.

Virgin Australia’s capacity determinations for Fiji and the Solomon Islands are due to expire within the next 12 months. The airline’s manager, government and international relations, Lee-Anne Tomkins, confirmed in writing to the IASC that Virgin Australia continues to fully utilise the capacity and wants to keep it.

“We wish to retain this allocation and therefore seek renewal of the abovementioned determination for a period of five years from 9 July 2014,” Tomkins wrote.

The IASC has thrown the matter open, stating, as usual, that “other applications relating to the capacity subject to renewal are invited”.

The closing date for notice of intention to make an application is 5pm on 12 July 2013, with the application due by 5pm on 19 July 2013. If no notice of intention is received by 12 July 2013, the IASC may proceed to decide on the application.

Written by : Peter Needham

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