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Singapore allows Emirates to exit Singapore-Brisbane service

Christian Fernsby |
The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has given Emirates approval to end its Singapore-Brisbane service.


The CCCS says Emirates had sought to "remove its capacity commitments" for the route that the commission granted in March 2013. This was part of a wide-ranging alliance Emirates has with Qantas, which was first announced in September 2012.

At that time, both carriers made a voluntary commitment to maintain capacity on the Singapore-Melbourne and Singapore-Brisbane routes they both operate, and to increase seat capacity on either routes "under certain circumstances."

However, Emirates sought approval to end the Brisbane route in April, citing "capacity under-utilisation," declining revenue and rising costs of having to operate the Singapore-Brisbane route.

In its assessment, the CCCS found that even if Emirates were to end the Singapore-Brisbane service, seat capacity on the route "remains adequate" to meet demand for passengers ending their journey in Brisbane or Singapore.

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