AirAsia Indonesia Inaugurates Bali - Kota Kinabalu Route

Denpasar, 27 July 2013 - AirAsia Indonesia's flight QZ 832 touched down smoothly at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Malaysia on its inaugural flight from Bali today.

President Director of AirAsia Indonesia, Dharmadi explained that Bali- Kota Kinabalu is the 11th route launched by the airline throughout January - July this year.

"We are committed to present new attractive routes for our guests in Indonesia, and Bali - Kota Kinabalu is one of those routes," he explained.

In line with the inaugural flight's celebration today, AirAsia Indonesia provided special souvenirs dedicated to all passengers on board QZ 832.

The new flight between Bali - Kota Kinabalu v,v will be operated every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The flight will be taken for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The flight departed from Bali at 14.50 Central Indonesian Time (GMT+8) and arrived in Kota Kinabalu at 17.20 local time (GMT+8). Meanwhile, the returning flight from Kota Kinabalu departed at 17.45 local time (GMT+8) and arrived in Bali at 20.15 Central Indonesian Time (GMT+8).

“This convenient flight schedule will allow AirAsia guests from Bali to continue their flights to many international destinations such as Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzen, Hong Kong and Taipei. Reciprocally, this new route will also contribute in accommodating foreign tourists who wish to visit Bali via Kota Kinabalu,” added Dharmadi.

AirAsia currently also serves direct flight between Jakarta and Kota Kinabalu which is operated by AirAsia Malaysia three times a week since 7 May 2011.

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah, East Malaysia and popularly known for its nature and marine tourism.

"Kota Kinabalu is one of the exotic leisure destinations in Malaysia. The city has so many things to offer starting from Kinabalu Mountain, spectacular diving spots, and also not to mention the largest tropical rain forest in Kinabalu National Park. In the other hand, Bali is also undoubtedly an internationally popular holiday destination. Therefore, we are very pleased to announce that AirAsia Indonesia has linked these two popular holiday destinations," Dharmadi explained.

For travellers who enjoy hiking and being adventurous, they may visit Banjaran Crocker National Park which is located about 70 km from Kota Kinabalu while for the beach and seafood lovers are highly recommended to visit Tanjung Aru beach with their beloved families.

A part of being well known for its beautiful nature and exotic marine tourism, Kota Kinabalu is also known for its shopping and industrial centres. No wonder, that Kota Kinabalu is becoming one of the most developed cities in Malaysia.

Malaysia is the most important market for the airline in which AirAsia Indonesia and its affiliation, AirAsia Malaysia recorded to have carried nearly 4 million passengers throughout 2012.

The figure is 16% from the total number of passengers carried by AirAsia Indonesia and AirAsia Malaysia.

As of today, AirAsia Indonesia and AirAsia Malaysia operate 336 weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur (270 flights per week), Penang (49 flights per week), Johor Bahru (11 flights per week), and Kota Kinabalu (6 flights per week) from many major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Banda Aceh, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Medan, Bandung, Semarang, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bali, Lombok, Balikpapan, and Makassar.