Qantas shifts Sydney-London flight stopover back to Singapore from Dubai

Australia’s national carrier Qantas will return to Changi Airport next March in a re-route of its daily Sydney-London service from its Dubai stopover.

The move comes five years after its exit from a Singapore stopover and will begin from March 25, 2018. A new Melbourne-Perth-London service will also be launched, reported The Straits Times.

The airline has been operating its Sydney-London and Melbourne-London services via Dubai since April 2013 as part of a 10-year commercial alliance with Emirates.

Qantas also announced that it will increase the number of Melbourne-Singapore flights and operate the service with the bigger A-380 instead of the current A-330.

The additional services mean an additional 3,806 one-way seats – or a 5.5% increase – on Singapore-Australia routes per week.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said in a statement the changes will help the carrier keep up with customer demands and new aircraft technologies.

He said: “Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380s flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.”

The airline said demand for flights between Australia and Dubai will still be served by the 77 weekly services operated by Emirates from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.