UPDATE: APRIL 10, 2014. PER-AKL to continue.
MARCH 1, 2014
QANTAS is set to suspend all international flights originating in Perth from July 22, 2014 with the culling of the daily Perth – Singapore route.
Qantas has been forced to make drastic cuts not only in the workforce but also to routes such as the QF77/78 rotation citing to “permanently reduce costs in all parts of the Qantas Group” after a $252 million loss.
Last year, it was announced that the 3-weekly, Perth – Hong Kong service was to be suspended as part of a network restructure along with the reduction of the Singapore service from two-daily. In May 2011, Qantas suspended Perth – Tokyo services citing unprofitability.
Currently there are 5 airlines on the Perth – Singapore route offering nearly 15 daily services between them.
Qantas described the Perth-Singapore flights as an ‘underperforming route’ and will hand over all international travel from Australia’s resources capital to its partner Emirates.
The seasonal Perth – Auckland services which began 12 December last year is set to continue with the same aircraft type and times but a longer period beginning from December 6, 2014 to April 26, 2015.
QF77/78 will temporarily operate July 3-21, 2014 to cater for demand. All other dates are cancelled.
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