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September 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A glance at social media and other channels confirms that travellers are delighted with the decision by Qantas, announced last week, to re-route its daily A380 services to London through Singapore Changi rather than through Dubai.

The change takes effect next March. See: Bye-bye Dubai! Qantas switches to Kangaroo Route

Changi has become everyone’s favourite airport by giving travellers what they want. Travellers also point out that while both Dubai and Singapore offer great shopping, Singapore is a walking city, perfect for a stopover, whereas Dubai seems designed for driving and is so hot during part of the year that few people want to walk outside.

Singapore has a host of attractions for travellers of all ages.

Few defenders of Dubai were evident on social media and approval of the Qantas Singapore shift was almost universal. “What took you so long?!” seems to be the general drift.

Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper asked Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce whether customers had asked for a return to Singapore as a stopover for flights to Europe. The paper described Joyce’s reply as diplomatic: “Some of them like to stop in Perth, some in Singapore and some in Dubai. This (the changes) gives the customer more choice.”

The airline’s Melbourne to London services are also dropping Dubai, but they will be rerouted via Perth, not via Singapore. Qantas will upgrade its daily Melbourne-Singapore service from an A330 to an A380 from the same date (25 March 2018).


A few reactions to the Qantas switch to Singapore culled from Facebook:

  • That’s awesome. Thank you QANTAS. Stopping in Singapore I may be tempted to stay a night or two. Dubai – never. Time Dwards
  • Well done Qantas, we vowed never to stop off in Dubai ever again after my elderly mother’s treatment whilst in the airport they have no respect for women at all. Great move Qantas. Peta Carpenter
  • Stopping over in Dubai has never had any appeal to me. Singapore is a great stopover destination because of links elsewhere in Asia. Paul Brady
  • Good change. Singapore has the excellent Changi Airport and is a fantastic city to visit. Dubai has an awful airport, too many shopping malls…….and sand. Paul Conn
  • Hurrah, Stopover at the best airport in the world, Singapore’s Changi, & it’s multicultural exotic attractions, efficient service and friendly people. And don’t forget the FOOD! Swee Png
  • Thank the Lord. I loathe the Dubai stopover, especially coming home. It was always a stupid place to stop to and from Europe. Singapore makes much more sense for Aussies with more even length sectors. Sandra Henwood
  • What an excellent decision, Qantas. We experienced an emergency go-round on approach to Dubai in 2015 only to be told by the captain in a PA announcement that it was nothing to worry about because air traffic control stuff-ups were common in Dubai and the pilots were always on alert for aircraft placed on the runway after they’d being given clearance to land!! Was never going back! John Kirk
  • About time! I loathe Dubai Airport, and simply will not fly an airline that uses that airport as a lay-over on the way from Australasia to Europe and the UK and return, no matter how cheap the fare is! Adrian Marsden-Smedley

And so on.

Singapore can expect to do well out of Australia. ​​ Fortuitously, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is bringing the ‘Singapore: Inside Out’ showcase to Sydney on 3-5 November 2017.

STB chief executive Lionel Yeo, said: “We are excited to celebrate the passions and stories of Singapore’s creative talents in more overseas markets. With significant outcomes achieved in the 2015 edition, Singapore: Inside Out has become a key platform for us to share the narrative of our fast-growing creative scene, and to catalyse collaborations and opportunities for our talents.”

​The Singapore: Inside Out showcase in Sydney will be located at Kensington Street within the Chippendale Creative Precinct.

The showcase will feature creative talents from Singapore and Australia across disciplines such as visual arts, photography, film, sound, dance and design. The line-up of distinguished talents include former Singapore’s National Arts Council Young Artist Award winners Donna Ong and Ezzam Rahman; Kirsten Tan, known for being the first Singaporean filmmaker to clinch a prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Sarah Choo Jing, winner of the prestigious gold prize PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris and Peter Chua, owner and co-head bartender at Crackerjack, and winner of the Asia-Pacific regional title at the Diplomatico World Tournament 2017, an international cocktail competition.

Partner events ranging from artisan collaborations to dinners and Singapore-inspired cocktails will also be held alongside the showcase.

A statue is also in the news in Singapore – and not because anyone is trying to tear it down. The Sir Stamford Raffles statue at the Raffles Landing Site by  Singapore River has been cleaned and polished, the scaffolding has been removed and it’s photogenic again.

Written by Peter Needham

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