AirAsia will launch flights between Bangkok (Don
Mueang) and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on 16 August 2018.
Thai Air Asia's
Don Mueang - Kota Kinabalu flights will operate three times per week
on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Sabah Tourism has reported that in
2017, visits to the state increased 9.4% year-on-year with Kota Kinabalu city the main destination for most
Santisuk Klongchaiya, CEO of Thai AirAsia, said, “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 claims ASEAN’s fourth highest
peak and a UNESCO World Heritage site known the world over. 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
AirAsia currently operates the most connections
between Thailand and Malaysia with 9 routes. The carrier now flies Don Mueang-Kuala Lumpur 84 times
week, Don Mueang-Penang 14 times a week, Don Mueang-Johor Bahru 11
times weekly, Hat Yai-Kuala Lumpur 11 times per week, Hua Hin-Kuala
Lumpur 4 times a week, Chiang Mai-Kuala Lumpur 7 times a week,
Phuket-Kuala Lumpur 7 times per week and Krabi-Kuala Lumpur 21 times
a week. All of the flights are serviced by both Thai AirAsia (FD)
and AirAsia Malaysia (AK).