Numerous Network Changes for AirAsia Group

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The AirAsia Group is adjusting its network by cancelling some routes and adding some new ones over the coming weeks. Passengers and travel professionals should be aware of all these changes in the airline schedule.

While AirAsia just celebrated the launch of its newest route from Kuala Lumpur to Davao as well as Kuala Lumpur-Jaipur, a series of air routes’ closure is taking place across its network. The airline explains that the restructuring of the network is aimed at improving operational efficiency.

In late January, AirAsia Bhd (the Malaysian arm of the group) already stopped flying to Solo (Central Java) out of Kuala Lumpur. The route had been served and suspended many times already and continued to struggle to attract passengers.

Solo is not the only cut in the network: the Malaysian affiliate is suspending the route linking Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani, an alternative gateway to Koh Samui Island but also a major airport for beach destinations along the southeastern coast of Thailand. Flights will be suspended by the end of the month. More surprising even is the suspension of the route Kuala Lumpur-Kalibo, the main airport serving the resort island of Boracay in the Philippines. Flights will be terminated by the end of March.

Thai AirAsia Thailand just announced to suspend its service connecting Tiruchirappalli in India and Bangkok, effective 1 March 2018, as part of network restructuring aimed at improving operational efficiency. The last Bangkok – Tiruchirappalli service will be operated on 27 February 2018 while the last Tiruchirappalli – Bangkok service will be operated on 28 February 2018.

The Thai affiliate is however launching three weekly flights from Bangkok to Johor Bahru in Malaysia, complementing the four weekly services already provided by AirAsia Bhd. The route will consequently will become daily.

Meanwhile, Indonesia AirAsia just opened three new routes linking Medan to Jakarta and Singapore as well as Padang (West Sumatra) to Singapore. In January, Philippines AirAsia launched as well two daily services from Manila to Bali and Jakarta.