Emirates will no longer fly between Brisbane and Singapore, citing "substantial losses" on the route due to a combination of declining revenues and increasing costs.
The daily 8-hour flights EK432/EK433 will cease from March 30 2020, following approval of the axe-drop by Singapore's competition watchdog, which noted it was satisfied that Singaporean passengers will not be affected by the change.
A spokesman for the airline said "Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused. Both Singapore and Australia are important business and leisure destinations for Emirates."
Passengers booked on these flights from March 2020 will be contacted by Emirates or Qantas, depending on which airline the booking was made through, to discuss alternative arrangements, although the Emirates spokesman suggested that people who booked through a travel agent should contact that agent for assistance.
The Gulf airline and Qantas partner currently flies a Boeing 777-300ER on the Brisbane-Singapore route as an add-on let to the main Dubai-Singapore service.
However, in September 2019, Emirates announced its plans to shutter the route due to "overcapacity, declining revenues and rising costs that have resulted in substantial losses."
"As a consequence of these adverse changes in market conditions and ensuing poor financial performance, it is no longer commercially feasible for Emirates to operate this route."
Emirates in particular noted "increased competition from Singapore Airlines, which has in the past year increased frequency and used larger capacity aircraft."
The Singaporean flag-carrier's four daily flights between Brisbane and Singapore now account for close to two-thirds of the seats flown on the route, with Qantas edging close to 17%, and Emirates has previously stated that as "capacity exceeds demand", Qantas will not need to increase its own Brisbane-Singapore capacity to absorb the ex-Emirates passengers.
Beyond issues of capacity, however, the timing of Emirates' Brisbane-Singapore leg – which departs at 2.35am – has always put the airline at a disadvantage, compared to Singapore Airlines' choice of departures at 6.10pm for those wishing to head straight from the office to the airport, or an 11.50pm flight if you'd rather have dinner at home and head to the airport in the late evening.