AirAsia’s maiden flight from Kota Kinabalu to Macao on 5th November 2018, is the first linking the city to the “World Centre of Tourism and Leisure”. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, located in the northern part of Borneo.
The welcoming ceremony at Macao International Airport had guests representing the Tourism bodies of Macao and Sabah as well as Tourism Malaysia Hong Kong. Welcoming the guests, AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat had this to say:
…. With this new route, we now fly to four cities in the Pearl River Delta from our Kota Kinabalu hub. With the enhanced connectivity from the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, our guests have the option to fly from Kota Kinabalu to Macao and return from either Hong Kong, Shenzhen or Guangzhou so they can make full use of their trip to really explore the region.
He also noted that Kota Kinabalu is AirAsia’s second largest hub in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur and the airline continues to grow services from the city. Including Macao, AirAsia has launched three international routes from Kota Kinabalu this year. The new destinations are Bangkok and Kunming. Flights to Kunming will begin on 30th November. These new flights will boost opportunities for both tourism operators and other businesses.
In addition to the three new destinations, AirAsia also flies direct from Kota Kinabalu to 8 other international destinations:
- Hong Kong
The airline also offers 8 domestic destinations:
- Kuala Lumpur
- Kota Bharu
- Johor Bahru
Passengers from Tawau, Sabah and Kuching, Sarawak can also fly to Macao using the AirAsia Fly-Thru service via Kota Kinabalu.
Bookings can be made on the AirAsia website or via their mobile apps, available for Android and iPhone.