Jetstar will suspend all flights between Singapore and Auckland this summer.
The current three weekly flights on the route will cease operating from 21 July 2014, and all passengers booked on subsequent services will be refunded.
The decision comes as Singapore Airlines prepares to deploy its Airbus A380 between Singapore and Auckland, and Air New Zealand also plans to launch daily Boeing 777 services on the route. But Jetstar denied this extra competition was the main reason for its withdrawal.
“Jetstar Airways is always keen to bring competition to monopoly routes and for the past three years has provided a low fares choice on the Singapore-Auckland route,” a Jetstar spokesperson said. “Unfortunately the route has not performed as we would have liked and we have decided that the capacity could be put to better use on other routes.”
The low-cost carrier said it is now planning to launch new international services between Melbourne and Tokyo and Brisbane and Bali.