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Australian travellers rate Singapore above Dubai and Hong Kong as the most popular transit point or stopover city for flights to Europe, according to Qantas.
Singapore has long been the pivot point for Qantas' Kangaroo Route from Sydney and Melbourne through to London, but as of March 31st those Qantas flights will detour via Dubai as part of the Qantas-Emirates alliance.
The airline polled travellers on their preferred stopover city and found that 64% put Singapore at the top of the list. Qantas claims this was followed by Dubai at 61% – a surprisingly high position, considering that at the time of the poll no Qantas flights were travelling via Dubai.
Hong Kong listed as the traveller's third choice for a transit or stopover, at 60%, followed by Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.
Most of those cities are already part of alternatives to the Kangaroo Route, especially Hong Kong, which is served by Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic from Australia as well as British Airways on the London-Hong Kong leg.
What's your preference: if you're flying from Australia to Europe, which airport or city would you most like to be your stopover?