Qantas Expands Sydney-Hong Kong with More Flights

9th Sep 2015

Australian flagship carrier Qantas has announced that it will add more flights to its Sydney-Hong Kong route. The service will now be operated four times per week, but there are plans to expand it further to daily flights, but only if there is enough demand from the travelers.

The new flights will begin taking off from late October and will be serviced by overhauled Airbus A330 planes.

Economy fares will begin at $688, with flights departing Sydney in the afternoon and reaching Hong Kong later in the evening. Return flights will arrive at Sydney airport at 10 in the morning.

Speaking about the route's expansion, Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said:

"Customers traveling from Sydney will have the choice of double daily flights to Hong Kong on peak days of the week for business travel and we'll look at expanding beyond that if the opportunity is available."

The airline already offers daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights using Boeing 747 aircraft, so if this goes through, it would have a double daily service between the two cities.

Qantas was essentially able to get more out of its A330s by flying them more hours of the day, axing some flights (mostly between Perth and the east coast), as well as planning its routes well.

After being renovated, the A330s now have fully flat beds in business class as well as aisle access.

Qantas' biggest rival on this route now that Virgin Atlantic has sacked the route last year remains Cathay Pacific with four weekly flights. However, what goes in Qantas' favour is the fact that the Hong Kong-based airline is unable to expand the service due to Hong Kong-Australia current bilateral air services agreement.

Recently, however, Cathay Pacific has expanded its capacity on the route by replacing two of its Airbus A330s for larger Boeing 777-300ERs

Also, getting ready for the peak holiday season, Qantas plans to add more flights between Sydney and Manila, bringing it to five flights per week somewhere between December this year and March 2016.