Australia’s flag carrier has once again announced that they will be axing flights to the Chinese capital.

Latest Qantas route cancellations & reductions

Sydney – Beijing cancelled from March 2020

As Routesonline reports, Qantas will be axing its 5x weekly service from Sydney to Beijing from 29 March 2020.

Qantas International head Tino La Spina said:

Our flights to Beijing have been underperforming for some time due to weaker demand as well as a big increase in capacity from other airlines.

This route is currently operated by an Airbus A330, with the airline’s modern International Business product.

Qantas Airbus A330 International Business seat

Qantas has struggled to make this route work for decades. It operated from 1984 to 1988, disappearing for 18 years, then restarting from 2006 to 2009 and disappearing again until 2017. Frequency was cut from daily to 5x weekly in October 2018.

If you are booked on this service from March, contact:

This announcement comes after Virgin Australia announced last week that it would cancel its Melbourne to Hong Kong flights from February.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class inflight entertainment screen
Virgin Australia will stop flying from Melbourne to Hong Kong in three months’ time


To use Qantas Points to get to China, you can fly:

  • Qantas from Sydney to Shanghai
  • China Eastern from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane to Shanghai and other cities
  • Cathay Pacific from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth/Adelaide via Hong Kong
  • Malaysia Airlines from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth/Adelaide via Kuala Lumpur
  • Japan Airlines from Sydney/Melbourne via Tokyo
China Eastern 787 First Class
China Eastern offers sliding privacy doors in Business Class on its Sydney and Melbourne flights

Latest Qantas new route announcements

The most recent new route announcement came back in July. It was for Brisbane to San Francisco and Chicago flights, which start in February and April 2020, respectively.

Summing up

Any route cut is a disappoinment but this one makes sense given there were reports that these flights were only two-thirds full.

Qantas will redeploy the Airbus A330s used on Beijing services to other destinations in Asia.

Supplementary image courtesy Qantas and China Eastern.

Qantas cuts Sydney to Beijing flights (again) from March was last modified: January 16th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt