N. Nithiyananthan, Kuala Lumpur, November 11, 2011
MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) is set to axe its services to Buenos Aires, Dubai, Cape Town and Johannesburg as part of a cost cutting exercise, according to a report in The Star yesterday.
In a related move, the flag carrier will also cease using Kota Kinabalu as a hub and terminate services from there to Tokyo (Haneda), Osaka and Seoul.
Quoting an unnamed source, the report stated that the axing of flights to Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Johannesburg would take effect in February.
The pullout from Dubai, meanwhile, would take place gradually—first with the reduction of weekly flights and those via Karachi and Damman.
Kuala Lumpur-based Corporate Information Travel senior manager, Shirley Ho, said: “This development does not look good for MAS as a national carrier because its hub is becoming smaller.”
“Our customers will still be able to fly to the destinations as other airlines serve them, but it is going to be an inconvenience as they would prefer direct flights,” she added.
NOTE WE ARE A TOUR OPERATOR WHO HAS SOLD DURING YEARS MALAYSIAN AIRLINES TO ORIENT NOW WE HAVE PAXS FOR JANAND FEB AND THE SEATS BLOCK AND PAID ..AND WE ARE WOERRY WHAT WOULD HAPPENED WITHTHE WORK IF MALAYSIA STOP FLYING IN THE MIDDLE OFOUR HGH SEASON
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Posted by: JOSE GRANELL
MAS is having one of the highest fare price in he market & yet they are losing money?!So further droping routes will really save MAS?!
When others are expanding & making money, why cant MAS?
Posted by: Fan
Are we reporting purely on hearsay?
Who are your sources and what authority do they have to speak on this issue?
Highly mischevious to cause uncertainty to a market already troubled by various issues.
Posted by: L. Lee
I feel sorry for MAS to drop the fantastic KUL-JNB-BUE route, as it a significant itinerary where the Malaysian flag carrier links three continents altogether.