Well, most Europe - Australia flights "redistribute" their passengers at either SIN
then they redistribute to PER
is doing this too now though DXB
Talking to a couple of SQ
people, they said only London-Sydney did not require such "redistribution" all year round. The rest of Europe do need redistribution at a point somewhere. So, a direct FRA
flight mean pax are distributed at SYD
(and to a certain extent... FRA
). I had a discussion with a couple of analysts a few years back and they said if Qantas ever does an extreme long haul flight it would be All points in Australia to PER
, then PER
-Europe direct. Hence keeping the redistribution at one point only. But, the current airport layout wouldn't make it convenient.
Given the larger population and the higher population density in Europe than Australia, it makes more sense however to make the distribution point either in Asia or in Europe instead of within Australia...
The Asian redistribution point also allows the airline to serve the Asia-Australia market aswell... and a little cargo on board.
However, traffic between Europe and Australia is very dependent on Y class pax... tourists. Will tourists want a direct flight for a little higher price, or just go with the current arrangement.