A Comeback for the Bangkok-Kota Kinabalu route…

Malaysia, Thailand, Sabah, Kota KInabalu, AirAsia

Kota Kinabalu aerial view

Thai AirAsia is relaunching the route Bangkok-Kota Kinabalu from August, some 13 years after withdrawing from that market…

Bangkok (Don Mueang) – Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, one of the two states in East Malaysia, is back in the network of low cost carrier Thai Airasia. The route was previously served by three weekly flights back to 2005. The new flight will take off from August 16, 2018 and will lure travellers with promotional fares .

Santisuk Klongchaiya, CEO of Thai AirAsia indicated that the AirAsia Group continues to affirm its commitment as a truly Asean airline that flies to all 10 countries of the bloc by regularly adding connections to its network across Southeast Asia.

The new route from Don Mueang Airport to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia will be flown three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). AirAsia will be the only carrier to connect directly both cities and Bangkok with Sabah.  AirAsia is hopeful it will spur tourism and economic growth for both countries.

Kota Kinabalu is a high potential tourism market.  On top of being an important flight base for AirAsia, serving both domestic and international flights, it is also the gateway to Sabah state and home to splendid natural attractions, including Mount Kota Kinabalu which is ASEAN’s fourth highest peak and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site known all across the world.”

“In 2017, Kota Kinabalu International Airport came second as Malaysia’s most travelled airport following Kuala Lumpur International Airport, underlining its wide appeal as a destination,” Mr. Klongchaiya added.

Kota Kinabalu is favoured by travellers looking for enjoyable experiences in nature due to its abundant mountains and coasts.  It is also brimming with fun activities such as Via Ferrata to the peak of Mount Kinabalu, a vertical approach to climbing considered to be the world’s best location for such activity.

Visitors looking for a more relaxed time will still find plenty to do as the destination features short nature treks at Kinabalu National Park, White Water Rafting along the Kadamaian River, Canopy Walk and Poring Hot Spring, Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Sabah Tea Garden, and marine activities at Borneo Reef World.

In addition, Sabah Tourism reported that in 2017, visits to the state increased 9.4 percent from the previous year, Kota Kinabalu being the most visited destination for international travellers.

AirAsia currently is the largest air operator between Thailand and Malaysia. Both AirAsia and Thai AirAsia fly a total of 9 routes, with 3 flights per week from Don Mueang to Kota Kinabalu being the latest addition.

Either AirAsia or Thai AirAsia now flies from Bangkok Don Mueang to Kuala Lumpur 84 times a week, to Penang 14 times a week, to Johor Bahru 11 times a week;

Hat Yai-Kuala Lumpur is flown 11 times a week, Hua Hin-Kuala Lumpur 4 times a week, Chiang Mai-Kuala Lumpur 7 times a week, Phuket-Kuala Lumpur 7 times a week and Krabi-Kuala Lumpur 21 times a week.