Malaysian pulls out of Queensland while other carriers step in

Malaysia Airlines has dropped its daily flights to Brisbane, meaning there will no longer be direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and the Queensland capital. Its last service to Brisbane was on Saturday, August 8.


In a media statement, Malaysia Airlines has said it is “undertaking a network rationalisation exercise as part of the national carrier's 12-point MAS Recovery Plan announced last year." The airline, reeling from the disappearance of MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 was, according to its chief executive Christoph Mueller ‘technically bankrupt’ and was in the midst of a massive operational upheaval.

But the news is not all bad for Queensland: Qantas commenced daily flights between Brisbane and Tokyo on August 1st, running an Airbus A330.

There have been other recently announced new direct flights between Cairns and Singapore, as well as the Gold Coast and Wuhan in China. Cathay Pacific is also ‘on a growth trajectory,’ with developments including fleet enhancement and a focus on its cargo business. Regional GM Charlie Stewart-Cox says, “Cargo also is a big focus area, contributing about 30 per cent to our turnover. We have also invested around HK$5.9 billion in a new cargo terminal at Hong Kong, with an annual capacity of 2.6 million tonnes.”

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