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The press release is pretty clear that it is a balance of commercial reasons.
This follows entry restrictions imposed by countries including Singapore and the United States, which impact the movement of crew who work across the Qantas International network.
These entry restrictions pose significant logistical challenges for rostering crew to operate mainland China services, leading to the need to temporarily suspend these flights.
In selecting a date to suspend services Qantas is working to balance high passenger numbers in both directions – including Australian residents wanting to return home from China – with the various travel restrictions being applied.
Surely, QF also are thinking they have some sort of market obligation to bring back home those AU passport holders they took there over recent weeks and hold a return ticket.
Obviously not for forever given the circumstances and reality of plunging bookings, but a limited time, for the next week for those Aussies who have realised they are probably not in the right place right now.