Qantas Ends International Flights From Perth
23rd May 2014
Perth Airport was left without a Qantas international flight when the flag carrier decided to cease its international service out of the state capital.
The Singapore-bound QF77 left Perth for the last time ending the airline's regular scheduled international service from the bustling capital of Western Australia. The flights QF77/78, though, will still operate on a seasonal basis between Perth and Singapore from July 3-21 and bi-weekly service between Perth and Auckland from December 5, 2014 to April 26, 2015.
The state capital was part of the Qantas network since 1952, when the airline launched its first international service across the Indian Ocean via Perth to Johannesburg in South Africa.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said though that the city will still continue to be its hub for most of its domestic network with connections to major state capitals and popular destinations across the continent. He even praised the city for its economic development, adding that the airline will continue to play an important role in the country's march to economic progress.
With the departure of Qantas from Perth, travelers who want to enjoy the frequent flyer program of the Red Roo may opt for the low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar Asia, for flights between Perth and Singapore.
Passengers who already purchased a QF77/78 return ticket on the Perth-Singapore route were accommodated onto Jetstar Asia flights after May 12.
However, passengers who booked a business class ticket with Qantas surely won't be celebrating on the prospect of getting herded to a Jetstar Asia flight instead. They know there's a big difference between flying with full-service airline and a low-cost carrier.
Flying to Asia via Sydney or Melbourne just to get on a Qantas flight won't be an option for Perth residents either as it would be a long tedious journey, adding over 5 hours on average to their entire trip.
The most viable solution? Fly with Asia-based carriers that would take them straight from Perth to their respective capital cities and other popular international destinations. These include Qantas' fellow Oneworld members, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines, and its rivals Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways.