AirAsia X to scrap Gatwick to Kuala Lumpur flights

Just three months after launching flights to Kuala Lumpur, AirAsia X has announced that it is to cease operations from Gatwick Airport.

Citing high fuel prices, Air Passenger Duty (APD) and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as reasons for its withdrawal, the airline will cease Gatwick flights on 31 March 2012.

The airline is also scrapping flights to Paris from Kuala Lumpur.

Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said “AirAsia X remains focused on maintaining its global leadership position in the low cost, long-haul segment. We intend to concentrate capacity in our core markets of Australasia, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea where we have built up stable, profitable routes within an infrastructure that supports low cost services.

“The continued high jet fuel prices and the weakening demand for air travel from Europe, brought about by the current economic situation together with exorbitant government taxes, have placed cost pressures on operating long-haul low cost flights between Asia and Europe, compromising our ability to offer the low fares AirAsia X is known for.

“The implementation of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the escalating Air Passenger Duty taxes in UK, which will rise yet again in April 2012 has forced our decision to withdraw our services to Europe.”

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