AirAsia X will abandon Adelaide on January 25 2015, the airline has confirmed, just 15 months after the low-cost Malaysian airline launched its Adelaide-Kuala Lumpur route with four flights per week.
Cuts to Australian flights have been on the cards since last month, when the airline's Australian losses were revealed as being A$42 million across the July-September quarter.
Overall AirAsia X posted a net loss of $72.5 million in that same quarter – its fourth straight quarterly loss – compared to a slim $9 million profit in the same period during 2013, due to increased operating expenses, finance costs and foreign exchange losses.
"Capacity allocation in 2015 will see a drop in the number of flights to Australia" the airline said at the time, and has now confirmed the City of Churches is for the chop.
“The Kuala Lumpur-Adelaide route unfortunately hasn’t been profitable and in light of difficult trading conditions for us in Australia we’ve had to make this decision,"AirAsia X Commercial Manager for Australia Stuart Myerscough told AAP.
Passengers booked onto the Adelaide-KL flights past January 25 "are being contacted in regards to their options for travel arrangements made for after that date."
AirAsia will continue flying to Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth and Darwin.
Earlier this month AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes announced plans to restart flights between Kuala Lumpur and London, saying "the reopening of KL London is definitely on the cards."
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