Move to longer-haul flights may hit stopover hubs like Singapore

The shift to long-haul services leads to increased competition and cheaper tickets but analysts say it may prove to be a risky long-term business move for airlines and could affect stopover hubs such as Singapore.
The shift to long-haul services leads to increased competition and cheaper tickets but analysts say it may prove to be a risky long-term business move for airlines and could affect stopover hubs such as Singapore.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, flanked by politician Anthony Albanese (far left) and Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, opening the new transit lounge at Perth Airport before the inaugural Qantas flight from Perth to London last month.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, flanked by politician Anthony Albanese (far left) and Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan, opening the new transit lounge at Perth Airport before the inaugural Qantas flight from Perth to London last month.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It may also be a risky business move for airlines in the long term, analysts warn.

Passengers on the latest route being flown by Australian airline Qantas noted that the flight began with an unusual in-flight announcement: Those aboard were kindly asked not to sleep on the floor.

Such an announcement was probably wise, given that the passengers were about to embark on the inaugural flight from Perth to London.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Move to longer-haul flights may hit stopover hubs like S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe