Qantas cuts some Sydney-Melbourne flights

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Australia's Qantas Airways has cut some flights on the competitive Melbourne-Sydney route in response to the global economic situation.

"We have reduced some Melbourne-Sydney flying, but are still operating 30 services each day on the route," says a Qantas spokesman.

The airline operates a mix of Boeing 737-800, 737-400, and 767-300 aircraft on the route.

Qantas has also reduced capacity on "a number of other" domestic routes, he says, declining to provide further details.

Tiger Airways Australia, which began flying on the Sydney-Melbourne route on 3 July, said yesterday that it will increase the flights on the Melbourne-Sydney sector to nine-daily from four-daily on 4 October. It is due to launch daily Sydney-Adelaide services on 31 July, and plans to increase that to twice-daily from 4 October as well.

"The reduction in services from Sydney implemented by other airlines has meant that Tiger Airways has been able to increase our slot portfolio at Sydney airport giving us a comprehensive set of departure times throughout the day on both routes," said the airline.