Increased competition from Chinese carriers forces Qantas to axe flights from Sydney to Beijing

Qantas has announced it will ditch its underperforming Sydney-Beijing route from March.

The carrier had tried three times to make the route viable but capacity from Beijing to Australia on Chinese airlines had surged in the last few years and was expected to grow even further in 2020.

Qantas will maintain daily flights from Sydney to Shanghai, where it partners with hub carrier China Eastern Airlines.

“Our flights to Beijing have been underperforming for some time due to weaker demand as well as a big increase in capacity from other airlines,” said Qantas International chief executive Tino La Spina.

“China is a significant market for Qantas, and our direct services from and to Shanghai are performing well. With Beijing, we’re responding to what the market is telling us.”