Air New Zealand has elected not to operate its seasonal service between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2019 due to inconsistent customer demand.
The twice weekly service, currently in its third season, has proved popular with Kiwi families in the key school holiday periods however outside of that timeframe demand has not met expectations.
Air New Zealand Chief Revenue Officer Cam Wallace said the future of the route also has to be considered in light of the ongoing challenges the airline is experiencing as a result of the issues affecting the Rolls-Royce engines powering some of the global Dreamliner fleet.
“We expect to continue to have a need for flexible wide body aircraft capacity and this move will help ensure we can deliver the rest of our northern summer schedule.
“While the current direct season will be our last, our customers can still continue to access Vietnam with Air New Zealand with partner airlines via either Singapore or Hong Kong.”
Air New Zealand’s final service to Ho Chi Minh City operates on 23 October.