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AirAsia X pull out of Christchurch

Posted on 17 March 2012 by

In a major blow to New Zealand budget-travellers, AirAsia X has announced it is pulling services out of Christchurch.

The budget airline began flying direct from Christchurch to Kuala Lumpur in April, 2011, with flights priced as low as $99 one-way.

The decision to suspend services leaves South Island travellers with fewer choices and so far there are no indications of another low-cost airline taking its place, although Christchurch airport is in discussion with three other Asian airlines in hope of inticing another airline to fill the gap.

Despite the airline operating the route at 80 to 90 percent capacity, the airline balmes a 30 percent increase in fuel costs for its pull out.

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