Jetstar ceases KL route

For confirmation, here’s a press statement by Jetstar’s parent company – Qantas: [Click Here] [News 1] [News 2] [News 3]

Jetstar To Cease Flights To Kuala Lumpur From September
By Neville D’Cruz
Bernama Malaysia
6 June 2008

MELBOURNE – – Australian budget airline Jetstar, a subsidiary of Qantas, will withdraw its service from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur from Sept 1, 2008, because of high fuel prices.

Qantas also said that several other services to Asia would be affected.

Malaysia’s charge daffaires in Canberra, Ahmad Fadil Samsuddin, has alerted Malaysians in Australia to the Jetstar decision, saying those who had confirmed their bookings after Sept 1 would be contacted by the airline to make alternative arrangements.

In announcing the changes, Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon said the Japanese and Southeast Asian markets would be most affected.

“At current fuel prices, the group would lose more than A$100 million operating to Japan under our existing structure,” he said in a statement.

Dixon said flights between Japan and Queensland would still offer a capacity of more than 11,500 seats a week. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said Qantas had targeted the Japan route after years of declining demand.

The number of passengers flying between Melbourne to Japan had been in steady decline since 2004 when total passenger numbers were at 122,000 a year.

Last year, passenger numbers between the two destinations fell from 111,000 to 83,500.

Tourism groups fear North Queensland will be hardest hit by the international route rescheduling which also sees the Cairns/Osaka/Nagoya sector flown by Jetstar being withdrawn.

Qantas’ 14 flights a week from Cairns to Tokyo will be replaced with a daily Jetstar route. A new Jetstar Gold Coast to Tokyo route — five flights weekly — will also be introduced.

Under the changes, Jetstar will withdraw its Sydney to Kuala Lumpur service to free up an A330 plane and replace its existing three times a week A330 service between Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City with five A320 return services on a new Sydney to Darwin and Ho Chi Minh City route.

Jetstar aircraft will replace Qantas on the Perth-Denpasar and Perth-Jakarta routes.

8 Responses to “Jetstar ceases KL route”

  1. Jetstar ceases KL route Says:

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  2. QuaChee Says:

    wow, that is quite a setback.

  3. SilverIsle Says:

    Is this really confirmed yet? I’ve booked a ticket with Jetstar few weeks ago to go back to Malaysia during the end of this year. Let’s see if they contact me anytime soon. I pray not. =(

  4. Linda Ng Says:

    I’m one of the victim, for god sake !

    Previously, I’ve booked tickets with Jetstar from SYD/KUL but now they are saying that they can only stop us until Changi Airport in Spore and we have to arrange our own transport back to KUL.

    You see !! That is not fair at all !!! We have even paid the full fees and our destination should reach KUL. Is this the way they interpret the meaning of ‘service’ ???

    Apparently we have to dig out our own $$ for another flight from SG to KUL.

    Where has the justice gone ??? If anyone of u have encounter this problem, please email me to discuss…
    Thank you.

  5. Christian Beitzel Says:

    The fuel price excuse is a crock! real reason for lower passenger numbers is Air AsiaX, Tiger Airlines and agressive competition from MAS. Even the stripped back service to singapore is with smaller cheaper jets with only econo class sections.

    It is more of an annoyance for me… i can fly into KL with jetstar, but now have to do an “exit via singapore” to get home. It was great to have a oneworld affiliate airline that could do a direct flight between SYD and KL return with business class seats.

    Linda, did Jetstar happen to mention your flight to Singapore stops in Darwin for a few hours? As I am a regular visitor to Darwin Airport, my advice is: prepare to be disappointed.

    Demand a refund and fly back on MAS. You said you paid “full fees” I am asssuming you mean the “jetflex” ticket, not the “jetsaver” ticket?

  6. shah Says:

    are there any other flights to from KUL to SYD besides MAS?

  7. patchay Says:

    as per my knowledge only MAS so far… (besides Jetstar or transit at Singapore or Bangkok)

  8. Jonathan Says:

    is there anyone know another way direct fly to malaysia from Sydney since Jetstar has ceased the flight there?


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