Australia’s leading airline Qantas will switch the refueling stop on its London Heathrow – Sydney – London Heathrow flights. Starting from March 2018, the carrier will use Singapore as its refueling stop instead of Dubai, UAE.

Five years ago, Qantas linked up with Emirates and switched its UK-Australia flights from Singapore to Dubai.

The Australian airline has already announced that the London-Melbourne flights will avoid Dubai from next March by flying non-stop from Heathrow to Perth.

The Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce, said: “Our partnership has evolved to a point where Qantas no longer needs to fly its own aircraft through Dubai, and that means we can redirect some of our A380 flying into Singapore and meet the strong demand we’re seeing in Asia.”