Monday, March 12, 2012

AirAsia X to stop NZ flights

SINGAPORE: AirAsia X has announced it will be suspending flights to and from Christchurch, New Zealand as part of the realignment of its network to focus on its core markets.

The long-haul affiliate of Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia on Monday said the Christchurch route had been impacted by the spiralling cost of jet fuel.

"Since the launch of the route, jet fuel prices have increased in excess of 30 percent, and are currently still at very high levels," said AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani.

"The high cost of fuel has compromised our ability to offer our renowned low fares," he added.

The airline said the current four times weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch will be suspended with the last flight on 30 May, 2012 (from Kuala Lumpur) and 31 May, 2012 (from Christchurch).

AirAsia X will offer guests who hold bookings after these dates an option of a full refund, a reroute to another AirAsia X destination, or a rebook of a return flight prior to 31 May, 2012.

All changes will be made at no additional cost to mitigate the inconvenience caused as a result of the withdrawal, it added.

The suspension of flights to Christchurch followed AirAsia X's suspension of its European and Indian routes early this year.

The moves were part of the carrier's drive to improve operating cost efficiencies and concentrate capacity in its core markets of Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Iran.

Last month, AirAsia said its 2011 net profit was almost halved to 564 million ringgit, citing rising fuel costs.

The group currently serves about 80 cities in more than 20 countries.

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Source From Chnnel News Asia

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