Batik Air temporarily suspends flights to and from Auckland, expects route back in place December 2024

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Batik Air Malaysia has temporarily suspended all its flights to and from Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, via Perth, Australia effective July 19.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy said that the decision arose due to operational requirements.

“The airline regrets any inconvenience caused and remains confident that these strategic adjustments will strengthen its operational framework.

“The forthcoming replacement with a direct service will strengthen the connectivity and opportunities for travellers across the Batik Air network and enhance travel experience of our passengers,” he said in a statement today.

He added that passengers who made reservations for flights to and from Auckland during this temporary suspension can get a full refund by submitting their tickets.

“Batik Air understands the inconvenience caused and assures affected passengers of dedicated assistance in this period of adjustment and the airline expresses sincere appreciation to its valued customers for their support,” he said.

Chandran affirmed that Batik Air Malaysia will be reinstating the operations to Auckland (AKL) with direct flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) in December 2024, subject to regulatory approvals.

“Batik Air reaffirms its continuous commitment to the New Zealand market, recognising its significance as an excellent fit within its network.

“With its vibrant tourism sector, robust economy and strong cultural ties to the Asia Pacific countries, New Zealand represents a key market for Batik Air,” he said.

He added that the revised plan offers better connectivity to the airline’s markets covering the Middle East, Central Asia and the other countries in the Asia Pacific.

He also said that the airline will continue to work with the tourism authorities to support travel and tourism in the high growth Asia Pacific markets.

Batik Air Malaysia is a member of Indonesia's Lion Air Group that includes Batik Air Indonesia, Super Air Jet, Lion Air, Wings Air, Biz Jet and Thai Lion Air.

Last month, Batik Air Malaysia suspended its operations to Istanbul, Turkiye due to the recent situation in the Middle East, which has made it challenging to continue flights to the region.

*Editor's note: An earlier version contained errors that have since been corrected.