AirAsia X pulls out of Europe

Low-cost carrier to concentrate on core routes

AirAsia X has named a number of pressures as the reasons for stopping its long-haul routes to Europe and significantly reducing services to India. It will stop its four weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur and Paris Orly on March 30 and its six weekly Kuala Lumpur-London Gatwick flights on March 31. The airline says it will concentrate on its core markets of Australasia, China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.
AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani: “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.”
He added: “The implementation of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the escalating Air Passenger Duty (APD) taxes in UK, which will rise yet again in April 2012, has forced our decision to withdraw our services to Europe.”