AirAsia Zest touches down in Kota Kinabalu from Cebu, Philippines

Kota Kinabalu, 19 December 2013

Sabahans now have another destination to fly with the arrival of AirAsia Zest’s inaugural flight into Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 2 from Cebu, Philippines; marking the AirAsia Group’s 10th international route into the ‘Nature Resort City’ of Sabah.


Flight Z2 191 arrived on time at 1205hrs local time with 150 guests on board, including Filipino media & bloggers who will be visiting Kota Kinabalu through AirAsia’s collaboration with Sabah Tourism Board.

Guests arriving from Cebu via this inaugural flight were welcomed by Yang Berhormat Datuk Teo Chee Kang, Minister of Special Tasks, Chief Minister’s Department, Sabah; Yang Berhormat Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Chairman, Sabah Tourism Board; Yang Berbahagia Datuk Irene Charuruks, General Manager, Sabah Tourism Board along with Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad.

Ms Maan Hontiveros, Chief Executive Officer of Philippines’ AirAsia represented AirAsia Zest in the inaugural flight and arrived together with all the guests as well via Flight Z2 191.

This new route operates 3x weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and in conjunction with the successful inaugural flight, AirAsia is offering promotional all-in-fares from as low as RM90 one way from today until 29 December 2013. Guests are able to travel from 20 Dec 2013 – 28 Feb 2014 and this special fare is now available for booking online at

AirAsia Berhad CEO, Aireen Omar said, “This is another marvellous achievement and a great development for East Malaysia, following the recent celebration of the inaugural flight from Manila to Miri on 7 December, the first ever route operated by any airline in the region. We are proud with AirAsia Zest--our sister airline--for narrowing the gap between Malaysia and the Philippines, enhancing bilateral ties between the two nations and establishing a closer relationship between both communities.”

Maan Hontiveros, CEO of Philippines’ AirAsia said, “Our commitment in partnering with AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier, is to build a truly great value airline that will serve the needs of Filipino travellers and overseas workers.  With our new Cebu to Kota Kinabalu flights, air transport connectivity between the Queen City of the South and Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and other parts of the region where many Filipinos are experiencing poor connectivity and high fares will greatly improve.”

Visitors to Cebu, Philippines will be delighted to know that this city is known for its pristine beaches, shopping districts and top notch resorts. As one of the most highly developed cities in the Philippines, the Queen City of the South is also a hub of education, trade, business process outsourcing, commerce, and industry aside from Metro Manila. Recent earthquake did not daze Cebu as local and foreign tourists continue to flock this place with various attractions such as heritage walk, food and music festivals, fiestas and unforgettable nightlife.

Kota Kinabalu, is the capital of the Sabah state in Malaysia. A delightful coastal city that is rich with history and tradition beckons local and international travellers to explore and discover its gorgeous rainforests, natural ecosystem, beautiful reefs, diverse culture and seafood galore. Climbing enthusiasts from across the globe flock over to its most famous landmark, Mount Kinabalu which stands majestically at 4095 metres above sea level. For more info visit:

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