31 Aug '17, 4am

Singapore Wins Qantas Stopovers After Airline Dumps Dubai

Singapore notched up a victory over rival aviation hub Dubai as Qantas Airways Ltd. rerouted its classic Kangaroo Route to the U.K. through Asia. With travel demand surging in Asia, Australia’s national carrier will fly from Sydney to London through Singapore instead of the Middle East under a renegotiated alliance with Emirates, Qantas said in a statement Thursday. Reverting Qantas’s 82-year-old, long-haul service through Asia reflects a shift in the balance of power away from the Gulf as the world’s key aviation hubs, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, joust to retain their roles as key transit points for regional flights. Asia is the fastest-growing air travel market and China is expected to displace the U.S. as the world’s largest aviation market around 2024. “This allows us to expand our Asian operation,” Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said on a conf...

Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-31/singap...

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