Malaysia Airlines to suspend four regional routes

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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will suspend four routes out of its Kota Kinabalu hub.

The carrier will suspend its twice weekly Kota Kinabalu-Osaka Kansai on 6 January 2012 and three times weekly Kota Kinabalu-Perth services on 31 January 2012.

It will also suspend its four times weekly Kota Kinabalu-Tokyo Haneda on 1 February 2012 and Kota Kinabalu-Seoul services on 21 February 2012.

"This suspension is until further notice and is part of our regional network consolidation involving single-aisle aircraft operations," said MAS' CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya. "We will be reviewing this situation in about three months time from the date of the first route suspension and will be deciding further by early April 2012".

The airline will maintain its daily flights to Hong Kong and Taipei, and will continue to code share with Korean Air on the Seoul-Kota Kinabalu route. MAS will also continue to maintain flights between Kuala Lumpur and Sandakan.

In addition, its subsidiary MASWings will launch a twice daily Kota Kinabalu-Bandar Seri Begawan service on 1 February 2012, added a MAS spokesman.

Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital city of the Sultanate of Brunei.