SINGAPORE – All Emirates flight services between Singapore and Brisbane will stop from March 30 next year, in a move that is expected to reduce seats on the route by 16 per cent per week.
Singapore's competition watchdog said that it had approved Emirates' application to pull out of the route completely after it was satisfied that passengers will not be affected by the change.
"Based on the information provided by the parties…seat capacity remains adequate to meet demand," the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) said on Thursday (Nov 14).
Emirates had informed CCCS of its decision in September, citing substantial losses in revenue and seat under-utilisation on its flights. The commission then conducted a public consultation from Sept 13 to 24 to seek feedback from passengers.
On Thursday, the watchdog said Emirates had provided evidence to support its claims, and that CCCS had received no feedback voicing concerns.
Three airlines currently ply the route between Singapore and Brisbane: Emirates and Australia's national carrier Qantas each operates one daily flight, while Singapore Airlines operates four every day.
Emirates and Qantas are currently in a code-share agreement, which allows them to sell seats on each other's flights. The affected Emirates flights are EK432 and EK433, which have 4,956 seats per week for both inbound and outbound flights.
A Qantas spokesman said its daily flights, EK5051 and EK5052 which have 3,290 seats per week, will continue to operate.
Responding to The Straits Times' queries, Emirates said on Thursday that it welcomed CCCS' ruling, and that affected passengers who have already booked their flights will be advised on re-booking options.
"Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused. Both Singapore and Australia are important business and leisure destinations for Emirates," its spokesman said.
Those who booked their flights with Emirates or Qantas will be notified of the change by the respective airlines. Those who did so through a travel company, however, should contact the agent for assisRead More – Source