Travellers stuck as airline halts Australia flights

 

Major international airlines will pick up the slack caused by Emirates indefinitely suspending flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

The carrier abruptly announced last week it would stop all flights to Australia from Dubai as of Tuesday except for a twice-weekly service to Perth.

But the loss of four to five flights a week would not be felt by passengers long-term as capacity under the currently international arrival caps has been allocated to other airlines.

 

Emirates has suspended flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Emirates has suspended flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Acting Foreign Minister Simon Birmingham said the seat capacity had predominantly gone to Etihad and Qatar as they already had similar routes.

"We continue to create opportunities to get people home," he said.

In a statement Emirates said the flight suspensions were due to "operational reasons" and that it regretted "any inconvenience caused".

"Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options," it said.

Earlier this month international flight caps in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia were slashed by 50 per cent until February 15 due to the threat of a new highly transmissible strain of COVID-19 from the UK.

Originally published as Travellers stuck as airline halts Australia flights



REOPENED: Stockland opens doors after burst water main

Premium Content REOPENED: Stockland opens doors after burst water main

The community should check with individual retailers to confirm they're back in...

OPINION: Why Our Watch won't comment on research findings

Premium Content OPINION: Why Our Watch won't comment on research findings

“If we are serious in our attempts to address the scourge of family and domestic...

FOR THE KIDS: Quest to find Australia's spelling champ

FOR THE KIDS: Quest to find Australia's spelling champ

PM Scott Morrison encourages kids to join the 2021 Spelling Bee