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Qantas’ travel shake-up: China route dumped and new flights revealed

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May15,2024
The top line: Qantas Airways has said it will suspend flights to Shanghai from 28 July but announced a new route from Brisbane to Manila starting in late October, as well as additional flights to Singapore.
The bigger picture: The announcement comes nine months after the Australian flag carrier resumed service from Sydney on hopes of a travel rebound following the COVID-19 pandemic.

International flight numbers to and from China are about 70 per cent of pre-pandemic levels and have been slower to recover than in other markets because of fewer tourists and a domestic economic slowdown.

The key quote: “In some months, our flights to and from Shanghai have been operating around half-full.” — Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace.
What else to know: Qantas aircraft on the Shanghai route will be redirected to other destinations across Asia with higher demand or new tourism opportunities, the company said.
What happens next: The company said it will continue to monitor the Australia-China market closely and resume direct flights to Shanghai when demand has recovered.
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  1. It’s a bold move by Qantas to suspend the Shanghai route, but focusing on emerging markets like Manila and boosting flights to Singapore shows they are adapting to the changing travel landscape post-COVID. Hopefully, they can navigate these challenging times and resume flights to China when the demand picks up.

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