Australia's QANTAS announced it will end its Sydney-Beijing flights, citing strong competition from Chinese-based carriers and weak business-class demand in March.

The airline has served the route on-and-off during the last three decades, with the current non-stop flights launched in 2017. Since the relaunch in 2017, it has reduced its frequency on the route to 5 times weekly.

On the Sydney-Beijing route, Air China operates its daily service. To continue its presence in the China market the airline will still continue its flights to Shanghai.

“Our flights to Beijing have been underperforming for some time due to weaker demand as well as a big increase in capacity from other airlines,” Qantas chief executive Tino La Spina said in a statement.

“China is a significant market for Qantas and our direct services from and to Shanghai are performing well. With Beijing, we’re responding to what the market is telling us," La Spina further added.

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