Qantas announces new Dubai stop-off plans

04/10/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Qantas announces new Dubai stop-off plans

With so many airlines keen to add flights to Dubai, the emirate has become one of the best connected destinations on the planet.The UAE also benefits from being a convenient stop-off point for people who are travelling long-haul between Australia and Europe.Bosses at Qantas have announced plans to introduce a raft of new services that link Australia, Dubai and London, which is great news for investors who are hoping to add new UAE-based assets to their portfolios.The major airline will add flights from Sydney and Melbourne from March 2013 and a number of other changes will also be made to its international flight schedule.Qantas is hoping to tie up a partnership with Emirates, which has the potential to have a huge impact on the number of people visiting Dubai in the future.The deal between the two companies is still being scrutinised by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, but these latest alterations announced by Qantas are not part of a joint agreement.Chief executive officer at Qantas International Simon Hickey said the feedback received about the possible partnership has been "overwhelmingly positive"."The proposed partnership with Emirates will offer Qantas customers one-stop access to more than 30 destinations in Europe compared with the five we offer now," he remarked, before adding: "The Kangaroo Route used to pass through the Middle East on its way from Australia to London and now it will again."Of course, tourism chiefs in the UAE are always keen to attract more visitors from down under and they will have been delighted by a recent announcement from Emirates that it is adding new flights between the two countries.A non-stop flight from Melbourne to Dubai has been introduced and the service will then fly on to Auckland in New Zealand.Plans are also in place to add services to Perth and Adelaide by the end of the year.This increased airline activity can only be a good thing for investors who own properties throughout Dubai.