Sandakan Airport is a public domestic airport owned by the Government of Malaysia. It serves the town of Sandakan in the state of Sabah in east Malaysia and is located some 14 kilometres or 8.7 miles away from the town proper. The airport handled over 620,000 passengers through over 10,000 air routes in 2005. In 2014, it handled approximately 900,000 passengers and around 12,696 aircraft movements.
Where to go
Find yourself in the scenic paradise of Kota Kinabalu two and a half hours away from Sandakan aboard AirAsia. A fast-growing tourism destination in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu is marvelled for its close proximity to tropical islands, lush rainforests, and the world-famous Mount Kinabalu. Since the capital state of Sabah can be covered on foot, the place’s point of interests are placed almost one after the other. See the Atkinson Clock Tower which was built in 1902 in honour of Francis George Atkinson, the first district officer of Jesselton. The Signal Hill Observatory offers a great view of the city centre and can be reached after a 10-minute walk from the clock tower. See the island of Borneo’s rich marine life by visiting The Green Connection Aquarium. Especially when traveling with children, this place will definitely become an easy hit. Also visit the famous beaches in Kota Kinabalu, the Tanjung Aru Beach and the Likay Bay Beach which is also popular among locals.
Connecting flights from Sandakan to Jakarta is possible via Kuala Lumpur, provided by AirAsia. Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, is one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world and the most populous city in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. This global city is home to prominent art and culture festivals such as the Jakarta International Film Festival, Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, and Jakarta Fair, to name a few. A spectacular event to witness here is the Flona Jakarta flora and fauna exhibition at Lapangan Banteng Park, where participants boasts of beautiful flower arrangements, plant nurseries, and pets.
Malaysia Airlines has a codeshare agreement with Air Mauritius which will take you to the multi-cultural island of Mauritius in East Africa. Mauritius may be small but its location in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, northeast of Reunion, and southeast of the Seychelles, created an island rich in multiple culture and tourist destinations with various flavours. The best beach for swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving in Mauritius would be the Blue-Bay beach resort. Flic en Flac is a local fishing village that has transformed itself to become one of the most-favoured tourist destinations on the island. It features a very long sandy white beach that stretches from the west coast to Tamarin and is greatly enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Another interesting place to visit in Mauritius is the village of Bel Ombre which serves as home to Domaine de Bel Ombre, a 2,500-hectare of land that covers the mountains and rests down to a turquoise lagoon. The place is labelled as the nature’s theatre of dreams.
How to get out
Sandakan Airport is served by AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiary, MASwings. AirAsia serves daily direct flights to Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia while Malaysia Airlines and MASwings connect the city to Kota Kinabalu. MASwings also offer flights to Tawau and Kudat.
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