The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is situated about eight kilometres away from the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. It was formerly a military airfield during World War II. The airport now consists of two terminals - Terminal 1 is the newer section of the airport and the main terminal, while the older terminal is known as Terminal 2, or Airport Lama (“old airport”). Both terminals are not directly linked to one another, and passengers may travel from one terminal to the other only by road transfer, which might take up to 20 minutes each time.
Airline lounges are available at the airport, providing necessary facilities such as business centres with internet access to stay connected, meeting rooms, massage chairs to ease exhausted travellers' aches and pains, showers to freshen up, and so on. The Plaza Premium Lounge is also available at the Kota Kinabalu Airport. It is a pay-in lounge for all travellers regardless of which airlines they travel by.
Duty free shopping can be done at the airport, where travellers pick up liquor or tobacco products. There are a range of other retail shops including handicraft and souvenir items, jewellery, perfume and cosmetics, luxury brand names and convenience stores. There is no shortage of food and beverage options either, with familiar fast-food joints, cafes and restaurants serving local delights as well as international cuisine options. Many of these food outlets provide free Wi-Fi, which make them popular amongst travellers. If Wi-Fi access at the airport is intermittent, travellers may also visit the various internet kiosks scattered around at both terminals.
For a small fee, lockers are available for those who wish to deposit their personal belongings as they move around the airport or wait in transit. Foreign currency exchange can be done at money changers and ATMs are located throughout the airport for those who wish to withdraw cash.
Terminal 1 is only accessible by taxi. Each ride from the airport to the centre of town costs a fixed rate for a maximum of 4 people and passengers are required to purchase a ticket from the Airport Taxi Counter at the arrival hall before proceeding to the taxi queue outside. There are also public buses along the main road which go to the town centre.
To travel out of Terminal 2, taxis are also available, following the same procedures as above. However, unlike Terminal 1, a bus is available to pick up passengers from Terminal 2 to the city centre, but a long waiting time should be expected between buses.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 04 July 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check Kota Kinabalu International Airport website for the latest update of the following information.