On 11 March 2016, the High Court granted special leave to the ACCC to appeal the decision of the Full Federal Court in the Flight Centre case. The hearing will likely occur around the middle of 2016.
The Full Court decided in July 2015 that Flight Centre had not engaged in attempted price fixing. It found that even though both Flight Centre and Singapore Airlines (SQ) sold tickets directly to travellers, Flight Centre was not relevantly in competition with SQ for reasons including that it was distributing tickets as agent for SQ. The High Court is thus likely to consider the relationship between carriers and travel agents and, specifically, whether carriers are relevantly in competition with travel agents in relation to the sale of airline tickets.