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Qantas pulls out of mainland China: 'Flights are half-full...'

Qantas pulls out of mainland China: 'Flights are half-full...'

Qantas is withdrawing its service from mainland China.

The Australian flag airline carrier will scrap the Sydney to Shanghai route after several years because of "low demand" which has led to "half full" flights being booked.

Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace said: "Since COVID, the demand for travel between Australia and China has not recovered as strongly as expected. In some months, our flights to and from Shanghai have been operating around half full."

The decision to axe the service - which was relaunched six months after travel restrictions lifted following the COVID-19 pandemic - has led the airline to look for areas "where there is increasing demand or new tourism opportunities", meaning that new routes could be launched in place of the Shanghai flight.

Currently, Qantas offers just under 1,500 weekly seats for travellers wishing to go from Australia to CHina but as of July 28, the entire route will be pulled.

Wallace added: "That’s why we’ve decided to suspend this route and boost flying to other popular destinations with a new route from Brisbane to Manila and additional flights to Singapore and Bengaluru. This will create more choice for our corporate and leisure customers and make it even easier for them to access the places they need to travel to in Asia.

“We’ll continue to maintain a presence in China through our partners and our existing flights to Hong Kong and look to return to Shanghai in the future."

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