AP Moller-Maersk is preparing to cut a number of port calls on its Asia-Europe service to improve schedule reliability.

The Danish liner giant expects several upcoming holidays, including China's Golden Week and Christmas, to create seasonal volume rushes.

"We expect to see early signs of a pre-Chinese New Year rush in December," Maersk said in a market update.

Golden Week begins on 1 October. Chinese New Year starts on 1 February.