Adelaide upbeat as Qantas cuts route

Adelaide upbeat as Qantas cuts route
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Adelaide Airport has expressed disappointment at Qantas’ decision to withdraw its Adelaide-Singapore service, but insisted rising traffic from international airlines will offset the loss.

The airline has confirmed it will cease its three times weekly operations on the route from March 31, the launch date of its proposed tie-up with Emirates, as part of a new Asian approach.

"We're disappointed with Qantas' decision, however it's a small step backwards at a time when we have achieved record growth in international services over the past couple of years," Adelaide Airport managing director Mark Young said.

He referred to double digit growth in international passenger numbers since 2010 with an 11.6% increase in 2012.

Last year's international traffic rise made Adelaide the "fastest growing capital city airport in this sector," Young added.

"Qantas' departure will be somewhat offset by Singapore Airlines decision to increase to 12 services a week between Adelaide and Singapore from July, compared with 7 this time last year," he said.


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