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Australian airlines adopt “look-east” policy
February 4, 2013, 12:14 pm

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Australia’s Qantas Airways have announced a number of enhancements to its international network as part of its new strategy to broaden the Asian market.

The Australian carrier plans to provide more frequent flights to Singapore and Hong Kong and increase capacity on those routes.

Craig Emerson, the Australian trade minister said in January, “The Government’s Asian Century Policy is all about building Australia’s ability to meet this demand, helping to ensure our future prosperity.”

It will also expand its network within Asia through local partners such as China Eastern, Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines.

Qantas Airways has revealed its plans to increase destinations to Asia from 2016, saying direct destinations under consideration include Beijing, Seoul, Mumbai, Delhi and Tokyo-Handeda.

Simon Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of Qantas International said Asia remains key to make the company the best for global travelers.

“Through a combination of Qantas, Jetstar and our partners we aim to provide the best travel options between Australia and Asia, all linked to one of the world’s leading frequent flyer programs,” Hickey said in a statement.

“The joint Qantas-Emirates network into Asia gives our customers a fresh set of options, including double daily services to Singapore from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.”

Source: Agencies