Half empty planes as Qantas suspends Sydney to Shanghai service


Qantas has suspended its Sydney to Shanghai flights but added a new direct service between Brisbane and Manila.

The decision to suspend its Shanghai service from July 28 follows low demand to mainland China across all carriers.

“Since Covid, the demand for travel between Australia and China has not recovered as strongly as expected,” said Qantas International chief executive Cam Wallace.

“In some months, our flights to and from Shanghai have been operating around half full.”

The new Brisbane to Manila service has been welcomed by Flight Centre Corporate Global COO Melissa Elf.

“The Philippines has become an increasingly important destination for businesses, with data from our flagship brands FCM and Corporate Traveller showing bookings taking off by 34 per cent between January 1 and April 30, when comparted to the same time period last year,” she said.

“The Philippines is an important trade and investment partner for Australia, with the Philippine economy growing at an average of six per cent per year – one of the fastest growing economies in Asia.”