The move came under scrutiny after it was revealed Qantas lobbied the government to do so before posting a record $2.5 billion profit over the 2022/23 financial year.
“I received no lobbying from Qantas on this issue,” the prime minister said during Question Time on Monday.
“Qatar Airways can add more seats in Australia today, right now.”
He said global aviation was not a free-for-all, giving the example of Australian carriers being limited in their access to European markets.
Rejection of Qatar Airways a ‘sweetheart deal’ for Qantas
“The Australian public deserves to know why you made (the decision), that it wasn’t just a cosy, special relationship, that it wasn’t just a dirty deal.”
Queensland Acting Premier Steven Miles said he hoped “common sense prevailed” and the Qatar Airways decision was reversed.
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“We know it will take time to repair and we are absolutely determined to do that.”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/anthony-albanese-denies-receiving-lobbying-from-qantas-on-qatar-airways-decision/mmbw9shr9 Qantas’ Alan Joyce did not lobby on Qatar Airways decision, Anthony Albanese says