AirAsia X announced (12-Mar-2012) plans to cancel four times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Christchurch service from 31-May-2012 - see Route Changes Table for more information. The decision is part of the LCC's move to realign its network to focus on core markets. CEO Azran Osman-Rani highlighted the 30% rise in fuel prices since the service's launch in Apr-2011 as a contributing factor to the decision. Christchurch Airport CEO Jim Boult stated the airport is "bitterly disappointed" at the cancellation however said the airport understands "the situation AirAsia X finds itself in". Mr Boult expects the tourism industry in New Zealand's South Island to feel the impact of the loss of the route. Meanwhile, Jetstar announced (12-Mar-2012) passengers booked on its domestic services within New Zealand connecting with the AirAsia X Christchurch-Kuala Lumpur service can change their bookings following the cancellation. [more - original PR - Christchurch Airport] [more - original PR - Jetstar]
AirAsia X to cancel Kuala Lumpur-Christchurch service from 31-May-2012
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