Emirates to suspend Brisbane-Singapore flights

Emirates has announced it will suspend flights between Brisbane and Singapore from 31 March 2020.

Qantas, the airline’s codeshare partner, will continue to operate flights on the same route as EK5051 and EK5052.

The suspension of flights comes after Emirates successfully sought regulatory approval from the Competition & Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS), based on a recent review of its operations.

Affected passengers who booked directly with Emirates will be notified and advised on re-booking options, and those who booked directly through Qantas will be notified by Australia’s national carrier.

Passengers who booked flights through a travel company are advised to contact the agent where the original booking was made for assistance.

Despite the suspension, Emirates said both Australia and Singapore remain important business and leisure destinations for the airline.

“We remain committed to serving our customers in Brisbane with two daily flights to Dubai, where passengers can connect onward to North America, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa,” it said in a statement.

“Australians can also connect to our global route network with daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, and onwards to the Middle East and Europe.

“Furthermore, passengers from Melbourne can fly directly to Singapore with three daily flights operated by Emirates and our codeshare partner Qantas Airways.”

Last month, Emirates closed its only Australian call centre, leaving more than 80 employees out of a job.