Qantas Brings Back Perth to Singapore Route
27th Jun 2015
Australian carrier Qantas has revealed on Friday that it will resume the service between Perth and Singapore. The airline has revealed that it will discontinue this route in February last year due to being "underperforming". The route was axed a few months later, in May same year.
The carrier said it will fly Boeing 777 aircraft on this route.
Route Returned to Meet Customer Demand, Says Qantas International CEO Evans
Qantas International Chief Executive Officer Gareth Evans explained the carrier had made the decision to bring back the Perth-Singapore route due to popular demand for it.
Evans also said:
"Our customers told us they missed us - so with the right strategy and the right aircraft on the right route, we've come back to meet that demand. This is great news for tourism in Western Australia, with the route being promoted to more international customers than ever before."
The news was met with approval from Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer at Perth Airport. He said this would benefit West Australian tourism and business.
"Singapore remains our third largest market, with Singaporean travellers the second largest source of foreign visitors to Perth. With the addition of Qantas; five services weekly, there will now be in excess of 50 flights per week operating from Perth Airport connecting Western Australians to Singapore."
Perth-Singapore Axed in May 2014, but Operated During July Holiday Season
Although Qantas did cancel the Perth to Singapore daily service in May 2014, it continued to fly between these two cities in July same year during a peak holiday period.
Between September 2013 and September 2014 around 80,000 visitors from Singapore traveled to Perth and West Australia, leaving about 250 million Australian dollars behind (US$193).
The first flight on a re-introduced route took off today at noon.