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AirAsia’s second hub connects Kota Kinabalu to Seoul

December 6, 20232 minute read

Kota Kinabalu to Seoul flights due to begin soon will cement Kota Kinabalu position as AirAsia’s second-largest hub in Malaysia.  The launch of this new route connecting Sabah’s State Capital to Seoul Incheon Airport in South Korea means AirAsia Malaysia (AK) will fly a total of 18 routes with 282 flights weekly from/to Kota Kinabalu from March 2024 onwards.

Kota Kinabalu to Seoul promo fares

The new route will begin daily services on 4th March 2024, making it easier for travellers to explore the cultural attractions, scenic beauty, and culinary delights of both destinations via a direct connection. AirAsia has introduced the route in response to strong demand following a surge in Korean tourists visiting Sabah. Sabah has welcomed about 150,000 Korean tourists this year, signalling a significant increase in the number of Korean visitors to the state. This makes Koreans the top source of Sabah’s visitors, heading for  the state’s natural beauty and unique cultural experiences. 

As part of the launch of the new route, AirAsia is offering special promotional fares for travellers between Kota Kinabalu and Seoul with all-in, one-way* fares starting from RM349. The promotional fare is available for booking on the airasia Superapp and the AirAsia website until 24th December 2023 for travel between 4th March and 26th October 2024. *The all-in fare is for one-way travel only including airport tax, MAVCOM fee, fuel surcharge and other applicable fees. Terms and conditions apply.

Kota Kinabalu to Seoul

….. We are thrilled to be the first Malaysian airline to connect Kota Kinabalu directly to Seoul. This route holds immense potential for both leisure and business travellers, offering them affordable access to two remarkable tourism destinations. The launch of this route also aligns with our vision of connecting communities across Asia, fostering economic growth, and enhancing regional integration. AirAsia Malaysia CEO, Riad Asmat

He noted that Kota Kinabalu, as AirAsia’ second largest hub in Malaysia with nine domestic and nine international destinations, boosts the city’s status as a vibrant aviation hub. The airline expects the new route launch to contribute significantly to the growth of tourism and trade in Kota Kinabalu and AirAsia has firm plans to expand their network to make air travel more accessible to all.

Flight schedule BKI – ICN – BKI:

Route Flight No Departure Arrival Frequency
Kota Kinabalu – Seoul (Incheon) AK 1623 18:05 (6.05pm) 00:05 (12.05am) Daily
Seoul (Incheon) – Kota Kinabalu AK 1624 01:05 (1.05am) 05:35(5.35am)

The time in Korea is one hour ahead of Malaysian time.

# AirAsia, Kota Kinabalu, New Route, promo fares, Seoul Incheon Airport
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