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Malaysia Airlines retreats from Brisbane…again

An ongoing network review has found direct services to the Queensland capital are no longer viable.

Malaysia Airlines will cut Brisbane from its network in early 2023.

For the second time, Malaysia Airlines will pull the plug on direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane from 27 March 2023, citing an ongoing network review for the cessation.

From this date, Queenslanders wishing to fly with the carrier will first need to connect on a domestic flight to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth via MH’s Oneworld partner, Qantas.

The final direct departure from Brisbane to Kuala Lumpur will be MH143 on 26 March 2023.

Direct flights from these four cities will continue, with the KLIA-based airline operating 43 services per week from Australia, offering connections across Malaysia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

“After a thorough business review, we have made a difficult decision to discontinue our operations into Brisbane to ensure we operate and utilise our fleet at an optimum level, as well as maximising revenue on every route we fly to, while we face strong headwinds from the continued increase in fuel costs, foreign exchange, and interest rates,” said Malaysia Airlines Berhad Group Chief Executive Officer, Captain Izham Ismail.

Captain Ismail said forward bookings into 2023 were ahead of 2019 levels as the carrier continues its two-year objective of restoring its network in full to pre-pandemic levels.


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 24 November 2022

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