Qantas Axes Sydney To Shanghai Flights

Daniel Fowkes
14 May 2024
· Routes 
Qantas has announced it'll from July 28 axe flights between Sydney and Shanghai following low levels of demand across the route.

Qantas announced on 28 July 2024 the axing of services between Sydney and Shanghai.

The Australian flag carrier cites low demand as a critical catalyst for service cancellation has been unveiled.

Sydney to Shanghai, which operated before the COVID-19 pandemic, was reintroduced in October 2023. However, while Qantas forecasted strong load factors, ultimately, demand has not recovered to sustainable levels, as the company deemed.

Despite the airline’s plans to leave Shanghai again, Qantas isn’t ruling out returning to the location at some point. As a result, the airline says it’ll continue to monitor the market between Australia and China, specifically focusing on Shanghai.

When the airline deems it appropriate to return and demand surges, it will relaunch services for the second time.

For those booked on service between Sydney and Shanghai after July 28, the carrier will offer alternative means of travel or a full refund.

In response to the service cancellation, Qantas also said that its aircraft previously utilised to serve Shanghai will be deployed elsewhere.

As part of the redeployment, the airline will look to boost flights to other destinations across Asia. This will be in locations with either increasing demand or new tourism opportunities.

Qantas continuously assesses its route network to determine if changes are required to its service. Additionally, the airline will not hesitate to make changes, such as those to Shanghai if required for the greater good of the day to day business.

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