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Air NZ axes Hong Kong-London flights

Air New Zealand is axing its flights between Hong Kong and London, with the loss of about 70 London-based cabin crew jobs.

After six-and-a-half years, flights on the route will end in March after the airline estimated it would not become profitable in the foreseeable future, it announced on Monday night.

At the same time it has entered into a code-share agreement with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific on the Auckland to Hong Kong route, where Air NZ will continue to fly daily.

About 8000 people were booked to fly between Hong Kong and London after the last flight, which ends from March 4.

Most will be rebooked onto Cathay Pacific flights, which depart within an hour of Air New Zealand's existing service.

Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe said cutting the Hong Kong-London flights would allow more aircraft to fly to the popular destinations of Los Angeles and San Francisco.