Australia’s Qantas airline cut its international flying capacity by a quarter, grounding eight Airbus A380s and leaving just two of the largest planes in its fleet flying.
Only two A380s will remain flying, because two others are undergoing scheduled maintenance and cabin upgrades. The measures follow the continuing downturn in demand in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.
Qantas Group, which includes budget operator Jetstar, is to slash international capacity by 23%, mainly in the Asia-Pacific markets. Capacity on US and UK routes will be cut by 19% and 17% respectively, says the company.
“Rather than exit routes altogether, Qantas will use smaller aircraft and reduce the frequency of flights to maintain overall connectivity,” it adds. Eight A380s will be grounded until September.
Qantas will redirect its Sydney-Singapore-London services to stop in Perth instead from 20 April, given the popularity of its non-stop Perth-London route.