Emirates to pull its Brisbane Singapore flights

Emirates will stop all its flights between Singapore and Brisbane from March 30 next year, bringing seat capacity on the route down by around 16 per cent per week.

The announcement was made after Singapore’s competition watchdog said 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 said last week.

Emirates had cited substantial losses in revenue and seat under-utilisation on its flights in making its application.

The move will see only Qantas and Singapore Airlines service the route between Singapore and Brisbane from next year.

“Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused,” Emirates said in a statement to The Straits Times. “Both Singapore and Australia are important business and leisure.

“We remain committed to serving our customers in Brisbane with two daily flights to Dubai, where passengers can connect onward to North America, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa.

“Australians can also connect to our global route network with daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, and onwards to the Middle East and Europe.

“Furthermore, passengers from Melbourne can fly directly to Singapore with three daily flights operated by Emirates and our codeshare partner Qantas Airways.”