AirAsia Celebrates Inaugural Flight from Kota Kinabalu - Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu, 16 November 2013

AirAsia continues to expand its domestic connectivity with the take-off of its latest direct flight connecting Kota Kinabalu to Kota Bharu, with a full flight load today.

AirAsia had the honour of Yang Mulia Dato’ Seri Tengku Dr Zainal Adlin Bin Tengku Mahamood, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board’s presence on board the inaugural flight AK5345 from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Bharu as well.

YB Ustaz Dato’ Haji Mohd. Amar bin Abdullah, Timbalan Menteri Besar Kelantan; YB Datuk Mejar (B) Hj. Anizam bin Abdul Rahman, Kelantan State EXCO of Tourism, Culture and Heritage; Nor Aida bt Ismail, Senior Assistant Director of Domestic Marketing, Tourism Malaysia; and Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad were present to receive and welcome the guests from the inaugural flight.

AirAsia is the only airline to operate this 3x weekly direct flight connecting East Malaysia directly to the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, and marks AirAsia’s 8th domestic route from Kota Kinabalu.

Aireen Omar commented, “We are committed towards connecting Malaysians from East Malaysia and Peninsular Malaysia, and we are proud to add another direct route that alleviates connectivity between Malaysians, and be the only airline to operate this route. There is a large community of East Coast dwellers in Sabah & Sarawak, therefore this new direct route will provide our guests with a major convenience factor, and enhance both business & leisure travellers’ numbers into each state.”

“AirAsia has the widest network coverage throughout Asean, and our guests can take advantage of that when traveling with us. Guests can now fly from Kota Kinabalu – Kota Bharu, and connect onwards to Kuala Lumpur to over 87 destinations across 22 countries,” added Aireen Omar.

In conjunction with the celebration of this inaugural flight, AirAsia is having a special promotion for this route with all-in-fares from as low as RM106 one way. Guests are able to book this special fare online at from now until 24th Nov 2013, and travel from 1st Dec 2013 until 30th April 2014. These promotional fares are also available through AirAsia’s mobile apps on iPhone, Android devices and the Blackberry 10 as well as AirAsia’s mobile site at

Aside from domestic travellers, this new route from Kota Kinabalu into Kota Bharu also aims to connect international travellers from destinations such as Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Taipei; which are served by the Kota Kinabalu hub to experience the myriad of attractions in Kota Bharu such as the idyllic Perhentian Islands, beautiful Kelantanese batik and the rich and diverse Kelantan cuisine.

AirAsia connects both East Malaysia and Peninsular with 417x weekly flights, and offers the best connectivity within East Malaysia as well.

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