Protectionism is the word! So scared of competition ( Straits Times 3 Dec pg A24). But why? Isn't it better for the consumers to have more competition? The Aussie public or for that matter everyone should be given the choice of flying with whichever airline they deem fit.
I remember in the early 1970s when the British govt refused SIA the rights to fly to London, the airport workers in S'pore refused to service BA aircrafts when they arrived at Paya Lebar Airport.
For the Manchester case, I can still recall SIA invited a few British MPs to S'pore to lobby for support for the right to fly to Manchester.
So what can be done with the Aussie authority? I know quite a number of Australians and the Victorian govt are for SIA obtaining the rights to the Australian/ USA routes.