Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cheapest flights to Sydney from London

Flights to Australia from Europe on the Kangaroo Route are not cheap but travelers have cheaper options on the route to enjoy. According to Bloomberg, China Southern Airlines Co. is undercutting Qantas Airways Ltd. by as much as 34 percent on the cost of Sydney-to-London tickets and from April 1 will operate more flights to Europe than the Australian carrier:

China’s three biggest carriers, including Air China Ltd. and China Eastern Airlines Corp., have tripled flights from Oceania to Europe over the past five years, while upgrading services. The route will provide experience needed for further expansion into North America and Europe as annual spending by Chinese tourists exceeds $100 billion. Qantas is fighting back with discounted fares to Asia. 
“The sheer volumes of travelers mean that eventually China can be the most powerful transit country in the region, probably the world,” Peter Harbison, executive chairman of CAPA Centre for Aviation, said by e-mail. “They will be able to price very, very competitively.”
Source : Kangaroo Route Turns Chinese on Guangzhou’s Cheaper Tickets
According to a flight ticket price comperison in the same article, China Southern’s cheapest economy-class fare between Sydney and London for a two-week trip starting May 4 was A$1,442 on travel booking website yesterday. On the other hand the lowest price for a non-Chinese airline, on Malaysian Airline System Bhd., was 19 percent more expensive at A$1,721. Emirates tickets started at A$1,896 while Singapore Air’s was at A$1,940. The cheapest Qantas ticket was 51 percent more than China Southern, at A$2,180.

China Southern Airlines Airbus A380-841
A China Southern Airlines Airbus A380-841
China Southern Airlines is the world's sixth-largest airline measured by passengers carried, and Asia's largest airline in terms of both fleet size and passengers carried. The airlines flies to 169 countries worldwide, including code-share destinations. It maintains a strong presence in the domestic market, with its main hubs being Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, and Beijing Capital International Airport, along with other focus cities in Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Ürümqi, Wuhan and Zhengzhou. The airline plans to continue to develop Chongqing and Ürümqi as hubs as well to exploit the domestic market potential.

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