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MAS to withdraw four destinations from route network

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will withdraw four destinations from its route network in the coming weeks.

The carrier will end the Kuala Lumpur-Kunming service on 30 April, followed by Kuala Lumpur-Krabi on 6 May, Kuala Lumpur-Frankfurt on 29 May, and Kuala Lumpur-Kochi on 1 June, it says.

Despite withdrawing from these four destinations, the airline will maintain connectivity through partners in the Oneworld alliance, of which it is a member.

“Our challenge is to ensure MAS operates and utilises its fleet at an optimum level, as well as to be able to maximize revenue on every route it flies,” adds group chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya. “Unfortunately, MAS today continues to operate several unprofitable and low yield routes, with little passenger flow-through to other routes in the network. Operation of these very poor performing routes only adds to our worsening financial loss position as a network carrier.”

FlightMaps Analytics shows that MAS competes with AirAsia on routes from Kuala Lumpur to Kochi, Kunming, and Krabi. On the Kuala Lumpur-Frankfurt route, it competes with Lufthansa.

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