READER POLL | Yesterday's 'Talking Point' story raised the question of how AusBT readers choose to fly from Australia to London, the UK or Europe, and it was fascinating to see – by way of comments on the article – how strongly each airline's anointed stopover city worked its way into that decision.
As we flagged yesterday, Dubai is in the ascendency due to the Qantas/Emirates alliance.
Government statistics released last week showed that Qantas and Emirates jointly flew 24.7% of international passengers into and out of Australian in December 2014 across all destinations.
While not all of those flights are Dubai-bound, the UAE metropolis naturally holds pole position among stopover cities.
Singapore Airlines sits third on Australia's international airline leaderboard, carrying 8.6% of all passengers, with onwards journeys to London and Europe keeping the former Qantas hub of Singapore high up on the grid.
Cathay Pacific has certainly seen enough of an uptick in bookings to upgrade two of its Sydney-Hong Kong flights to large Boeing 777-300ER jets, and appeal of both Singapore and Hong Kong is boosted when travellers choose break their journey with one or two nights in those Asian business hubs.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there: other popular options for stopovers en route to the UK or Europe include Abu Dhabi with Etihad, Bangkok with Thai Airways, Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, China Southern's 'Canton Route' via Guangzhou, Garuda Indonesia's home port of Jakarta and Qatar Airways' growing Doha hub.
There are also routes less-travelled such as Seoul (with Asiana and Korean Air) and Tokyo (Japan Airlines).
Which city gets your vote when it comes to your preferred stopover when flying to the UK or Europe?
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