Three AirAsia routes under the axe

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 February 2018: AirAsia is posed to axe services to Tehran, Boracay and Surat Thani out of its Kuala Lumpur home base.

A Malaysia website Rojak Daily alerted travel consumers to the impending cuts to services that are apparently scheduled for March and April.

A twitter feed from the airline confirmed the four weekly flights to Tehran the capital of Iran will end 23 April.

If you try to book a flight to Tehran after that date, the system suggests you look for other dates or check the airline’s flight schedule. It is no longer a booking option.

Thai Airways International announced recently it would stop a direct service to Tehran from Bangkok later this month claiming low traffic demand. The same fate has probably befallen AirAsia’s Tehran service out of Kuala Lumpur.

The direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Surat Thani in Thailand will phase out 25 February as far as booking availability is concerned. It is not a bookable option in April or beyond.

Surat Thani is the nearest mainland airport to Samui Island in the Gulf of Thailand. While the flight time to the mainland airport is just over one hour, the transfer to the island by bus and ferry adds two to three hours to overall travel time.

Samui island has an airport, but its management claims there are no available flight slot times to accommodate more airlines.

The same off-the-grid fate looms  for a four weekly service from Kuala Lumpur to Kalibo-Boracay in the Philippines. Boracay has been in the news recently for its polluted beaches and water quality.

AirAsia originally served Boracay with daily flights when it introduced the route in 2014. It reduced to four weekly services last year. Like the other two destinations, it is no longer bookable on the AirAsia website after 25 March.

No formal statement has been issued by AirAsia.