MAS’ Middle East minimisation

ALONGSIDE cuts to African and Brazilian routes Malaysia Airline System (MAS) has announced a reduction in Middle East destinations.

Thrice-weekly Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)-Dubai (UAE) flights and twice-weekly Kuala Lumpur-Dubai-Dammam (Saudi Arabia) flights on A330s will be cut in the new year.

Twice-weekly runs from the capital to Karachi (Pakistan) flying on to Dubai will also end in 2012.

The company looks to dim the impact of its expected US$53 million loss next year with a focus on key ASEAN routes, south and north Asia, as well as China.

The route rationalisation will have minimal impact on cargo, the carrier says, and will boost loads, yields and have a profit impact of $69-95 million.

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