Qantas moving European stopover hub from Singapore

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    Qantas is shifting its European stopover base to Dubai from Singapore as part of the Australian airline's partnership with Emirates, in a move analysts say may take some of the sheen off Changi Airport's status as a global aviation hub but could also provide growth opportunities.

    Under the terms of the 10-year pact, which starts in April, Qantas and Emirates will work together on pricing, scheduling and network collaboration.

    This will mean that Qantas will fly daily A380 services to London from Sydney and Melbourne via Dubai instead of Singapore. Flights to Frankfurt will also be re-routed.

    "It does take away from Singapore's status as a global aviation hub to a limited degree. Changi has been Qantas' stopover hub for European flights for a long time and shifting that side of things from Singapore to Dubai takes a little bit away from Changi," Mr Greg Waldron, Deputy Asia Editor at aviation website Flightglobal, told TODAY.

    However, the Changi Airport Group played down the significance of the move, noting that Qantas' European services are a small percentage of the airline's Singapore flights.

    In addition, losing such a small number of flights will not have a major impact on Changi's status as a major aviation hub.

    "With some 100 airlines operating 6,200 weekly flights to 220 cities in 60 countries, Changi Airport continues to be an important air hub for travellers in the Australasia region," the group said in a statement.

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