The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted interim approval to an alliance between Virgin and Skywest.
Under the new corporate alliance, the two airlines will offer bundled passenger transport service to customers seeking a combination of charter, domestic, and international services.
Skywest is one of the main airlines which cater to the fly in fly out mining industry.
Virgin has made the alliance with Skywest to expand its these FIFO opportunities in Western Australia, and has already begun flying two wide body A330 aircraft between Sydney and Perth.
Virgin has also gone head to head with QANTAS subsidiary, QANTASLink, to provide aircraft for Queensland’s booming mining industry.
In granting approval, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said "the ACCC has taken into account that this is unlikely to result in permanent changes to the relevant markets.
"It will only affect corporate customers who have the option no to acquire the integrated air services package from Virgin and Skywest if they do not consider there is any benefit to them."
Authorisation for the alliance will commence immediately.