Changi Airport shrugs off Qantas-Emirates alliance
SINGAPORE (AFP) - Singapore's Changi airport said on Friday that it will remain a major hub for Qantas and other carriers despite the Australian airline's decision to shift its European connection point to Dubai.
Qantas said on Thursday that flights from Australia to London and Frankfurt, and vice-versa, would stop running through Singapore from April 2013 as part of a new global alliance with the Dubai-based Emirates.
The Changi Airport Group said that despite the move Qantas was planning to step up connections between Australia and Singapore.
"We understand that Qantas faces challenges in its international business and needs to restructure its network," the Changi Airport Group said in an emailed response to queries.