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Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) information

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is a public commercial airport located in the state capital city of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. The airport serves the Greater Kota Kinabalu area including the West Coast and Interior divisions of Sabah. The Kota Kinabalu airport is also a hub for the full-service airline, Malaysia Airlines; regional airlines, MASWings and low-cost airline, AirAsia.

The Kota Kinabalu International Airport has two terminal buildings. Terminal 1 is the main terminal building of the airport and serves both international and domestic flights. Meanwhile, Terminal 2 was the airport’s original terminal building now serving cargo airlines and a few private charter flights.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is located approximately 7 kilometres southwest of the city centre of Kota Kinabalu. A taxi ride from the city centre to the airport would take about 6 minutes of travel time and cost around MYR12-16.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the second busiest international airport in Malaysia. As such, the airport offers all the essential services and facilities for passengers going through the airport.

Duty-free shopping and some retail stores offering beauty, accessories and local souvenirs are available at the airport. Banking services such as ATMs and money exchange kiosks can also be found throughout Terminal 1. Travellers can also choose from some dining options from fast food restaurants to coffee shops. Free WiFi access is available at the terminal, but coffee shops and VIP lounges also offer some form of internet access.

The Kota Kinabalu International Airport currently does not have any onsite accommodation for transiting passengers. However, there are a few hotels located near the airport. Search for hotels in Kota Kinabalu with Skyscanner to find the best option.

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Top destinations from Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Seoul, Korea

Seoul is the largest city and capital of South Korea. It is a city with a fascinating mix of modern digital technology with ancient traditions. Seoul is famous for its many street food options and bustling nightlife districts set amongst beautiful Buddhist temples and grand palaces. There are many sights to see and things to do while in Seoul from palaces to temples and shrines to mountains and parks. Don't miss seeing the five major palaces located in Seoul including the Gyeongbok-gung. Kota Kinabalu International Airport currently has five direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Seoul daily operated by Jeju Air, Air Seoul, EASTAR Jet and Jin Air. EASTAR Jet also offers connecting flights to Seoul via Busan.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan located in the north between the Central and Yangming Mountains. Taipei is also another destination with an exciting mix of the city's traditional Chinese culture blended with influences from Japanese, American and Southeast Asian cultures. Taipei is popular for its diverse street food and night markets, incredible buildings such as the Taipei 101 and Grand Hotel and for its National Palace Museum which houses one of the world's largest collections of Chinese imperial artefacts. The Kota Kinabalu airport serves at least two flights from Kota Kinabalu to Taipei per day. These direct flights are operated by Malindo Air, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China. Sometimes referred to as the Oriental Paris, Shanghai is popular for its historical landmarks and world-renowned cuisine. When travelling to Shanghai, spend some time strolling along The Bund which is a waterfront promenade stretching a mile long that is home to 52 buildings of varying architectural styles from Gothic to Baroque to neo-classical styles. There are nine direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Shanghai per week operated by Shanghai Airlines, Spring Airlines and Malaysia Airlines. There are also other airlines that offer connecting flights to Shanghai such as Royal Brunei, Cathay Dragon and China Southern.


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