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Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah has accused rival Qantas of spreading misinformation about its financial viability and starting a rumour that it was about to appoint administrators.
The accusation is contained in a letter sent by the airline's chief executive Paul Scurrah to the country's competition regulator on Sunday and obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Mr Scurrah told Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims that Qantas' conduct "could cause immediate and irreparable damage to a competitive Australian air passenger transport industry".
Paul Scurrah, CEO of Virgin Australia, has complained to the ACCC over Qantas' behaviour.CREDITETER BRAIG
"Virgin Australia has seen widespread reporting of public comments from Qantas and its executive team questioning directly or indirectly Virgin Australia's financial viability and encouraging [the] government to refrain from extending any government support for the aviation industry to Virgin Australia," Mr Scurrah wrote.
"We have received reports of Qantas briefing journalists on the false pretence that Virgin Australia cash reserves are running out within days and that Virgin Australia has appointed administrators.
"We are aware of social media reports that Qantas has sought to promote a campaign that the government exclude Virgin Australia from any COVID-19 financial support package and have urged their staff to write to their local Member of Parliament to support this exclusion," the letter reads.
"We are gathering together a range of examples of this conduct to send to you."
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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