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Hearing into government's determination to cull Qatar Airways routes begins

Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

The inquiry into the national government’s decision-making process to assistance oregon cull further flights to airlines begins contiguous successful Sydney.

To bring you up to speed, the Coalition-majority committee is looking to get answers into wherefore the transport minister, Catherine King, knocked backmost Qatar’s petition to connection an further 28 flights a week to Australia’s large cities.

So far, we’re heard a fewer of the “factors” that played into the decision - it wasn’t successful the nationalist interest, and that the Doha incident - wherever women were taxable to invasive examinations successful Qatar’s airdrome - was a backdrop.

But backmost to the hearings now. Today’s proceeding volition absorption connected alleged “slot hoarding” astatine Sydney Airport by airlines and the interaction it has connected prices and competition.

There’s been a spot of a last-minute scramble to get witnesses to beforehand the enquiry but contiguous we’re expecting to perceive from Sydney Airport and Flight Centre.

Marque Lawyers, the ineligible steadfast representing the 5 Australian women who are suing Qatar Airways implicit the 2020 Doha incident, are besides expected to appear.

There volition beryllium 3 much hearings aft contiguous wraps - 1 this Friday successful Perth, and 2 adjacent week successful Brisbane and Canberra.

It’s expected Qantas, unions and Perth Airport volition look astatine the proceeding this Friday.

Yesterday, it was confirmed the Qatar Airways main enforcement Akbar Al Baker would not beryllium appearing, arsenic good as erstwhile Qantas brag Alan Joyce, who is implicit successful Europe.

Neither 1 has ruled retired appearing astatine 1 of the different 3 hearings.


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The inquiry into the national government’s decision-making process to assistance oregon cull further flights to airlines begins this morning, with the Coalition looking for answers astir why Qatar Airways was denied caller routes. Then astatine midday we get details of Labor’s archetypal authorities fund successful NSW for 10 years erstwhile the lockup ends and Daniel Mookhey reveals his secrets.

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