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Headline Qantas spreads it's Asian wings
Date February 18th, 2004
Source The Australian
TOURISM officials yesterday welcomed Qantas's moves to start new services to India and China as a significant boost that would encourage more visitors from two of the world's fastest growing economies. Qantas said yesterday it would start non-stop services from Australia to the Indian city of Mumbai and Shanghai in China.
The move is the latest in several international expansion announcements by the airline, including the first non-stop scheduled services between Brisbane and Los Angeles in June.
The Mumbai services will operate three times a week from September 1 and the airline is finalising plans to fly to Shanghai by the end of the year.
"India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the burgeoning trade relationship between Australia and India has increased demand for business travel between our two countries," said Qantas executive general manager John Borghetti. "In total, inbound passenger numbers from India to Australia are on the rise. "
Tourism lobby group TTF Australia said direct flights from Australia to India would be attractive to travellers and had the potential to provide another hub for those travelling from Europe.
The new services would help stimulate tourism growth from both markets, said Australian Tourist Commission managing director Ken Boundy.
ATC marketing programs in India include the appointment of cricketing legend Steve Waugh as Australia's tourism ambassador.
"The new services will provide Indian travellers with the option to fly direct to Australia -- significantly reducing travel time and increasing the appeal of Australia as a holiday destination," he said.
"Visitors from India increased by 32 per cent in December 2003, with 45,600 visitors to Australia last year. "
Mr Boundy said the industry would welcome Qantas's re-entry into the China market, which had rebounded strongly in recent months.
Fantastic news, they are set to resume their services. I think the delay in official announcement for start up dates of the SHA
service is their delay for continuing their SHA
service to LHR
, with it now just awaiting UK approval. That BA
would get their cut of the seats I assume their will be little problem as part of their codeshare agreement. If this is the case do they have enough 744 capacity to do this, I suppose they might if all 743's have returned to service.
The Indian Service being non stop should be a potential gold mine, given that that only other airline to offer reasonable services is SQ
with good connections. Given that their services are usually booked several months in advance during peak times, this should be quite popular, unless they set their pricing too high.