AIR NEW ZEALAND is dumping flights between London and Hong Kong in a move that will cut 70 jobs in the UK.
The service will be cut from March next year after a review found the route was not likely to turn a profit in the foreseeable future.
The London-based jobs under threat are for cabin crew.
More capacity will be moved to North American destinations on the west coast such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, chief executive Rob Fyfe said.
5000 return seats to North American destinations were added through to the end of June 2013.
Those with tickets on the axed route from March will be re-booked, with around 8000 people affected.
‘‘We wanted to strengthen our presence in Hong Kong which is an important market and vital gateway into Mainland China for Air New Zealand,’’ Fyfe said in a statement.
‘‘In line with this we have received approval from the New Zealand Ministry of Transport to form a strategic agreement with Cathay Pacific effective from 12 December 2012.”
The Hong Kong to London service began operating in 2006.
Air New Zealand’s long-haul business is losing about $1 million a week.
Fyfe said earlier this year they would not cut the route.