Thursday, December 3, 2009

AirAsia launches direct flight daily from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to Taipei!

27 November 2009

From left: Ms Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial, AirAsia Group, and Mr. Muhamad Nasir Pahmi, Director of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, unveiled the promotion fare of new Taipei - Kota Kinabalu route, flanked by AirAsia's cabin crew.

All-in promo fares from as low as (RM99*)

"Best Airline of the Year 2009", AirAsia today launches direct flights daily to Taipei from Kota Kinabalu, further expanding its international connectivity from East Malaysia.

This new Kota Kinabalu - Taipei route, operated by AirAsia will be open-for-sale on 25th November 2009, with direct flights daily commencing on 15th January 2010. To celebrate the introduction of the new routes, AirAsia will be offering all-in-fare for Kota Kinabalu - Taipei from RM99* (TWD699), booking starts from 25th to 29th November 2009 for the travel period from 15th January to 30th October 2010. Promotional seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis and made exclusively online via and

AirAsia recently launched its first route connecting Taipei from Kuala Lumpur with only 5 flights a week. The Kuala Lumpur - Taipei route received an overwhelming response with more than 20,000 seats sold in the first 12 hours since its sales announcement on 23rd April 2009. In meeting the extra demand, AirAsia announced daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei in July 2009. Shortly within 6 months, the airline further expanded its network connectivity to Taipei by opening two more direct flights from Bangkok - Taipei in August 2009 and the latest addition today from Kota Kinabalu - Taipei.
The rapid expansion of its connectivity indicates the strong and pent up demand for the new routes and a positive indication that regional markets in this part of the world are starving for low fares. Although shadowed by economic uncertainties, AirAsia is confident that with aggressive marketing and low fares will be able to entice not only holiday makers, but the Taiwanese public and Malaysians who reside, work and study in Taiwan to be able to fly home to connect with their families frequently.
AirAsia held a media briefing for the Taiwanese media today to announce the Taipei-Kota Kinabalu route, with the presence of Director of Tourism Malaysia office in Taipei, Mr Muhamad Nasir Pahmi.

Ms Kathleen Tan, Regional Head of Commercial AirAsia group said, "We launched direct flights to Taipei from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok this year and the response has been amazing. The traveling trend to places such as Taipei is increasing and with growing potential household income in East Malaysia, we believe there will also be strong potential demand from East Malaysian travelers to fly directly to the city. The timing of our inaugural flight in January is great as we can ride on the peak Chinese New Year season both ends."

"With the presence of growing Chinese ethnic population in Kota Kinabalu who are willing to spend more on leisure and a growing interest in East Malaysia to explore Orient cities, we feel that this is a strategic move to create interest and stimulate tourism demand in Taipei. Kota Kinabalu famed for its natural wonders and its scenic beauty is equally captivating to Taiwanese. We have studied the growing travel interests from both ends and it's a perfect fit with AirAsia as the integral connecting bridge," she said.

Mr Muhamad Nasir Pahmi, Director of Tourism Malaysia office in Taipei said, "We are working very closely with AirAsia and hope to raise more awareness and interest into the hidden gems of East Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu has so much potential that can captivate and interest our friends from Taiwan. This new route, which is due to begin in January 2010, will help to enhance that interest into a catalyst of culture. There's simply so much to do, see and experience in Kota Kinabalu and East Malaysia. We invite and usher the opening of a new doorway into this exclusive realm of wonders."

Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) has the most developed tourism infrastructure for gentle beach life or more active watersports, which made this beautiful coast one of the most coveted tourist destinations of the world. Not to mention the Mount Kinabalu is one of the stunning Tourist Attractions in Sabah alluring tourists with its magnificence and grandeur. Situated in Sabah's Kinabalu Park the Mount Kinabalu is the third tallest mountain of Southeast Asia. The Mount Kinabalu stands tall at 4095 meters above sea level. Some other primary attractions of Sabah are its outstanding national parks, which include Kinabalu National Park, the Crocker Range Park, and the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. Sabah is also the gateway to fascinating cultures, beautiful scenery and magical islands. From the world-famous Sipadan Island to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, there's so much to see and discover in this natural paradise.

The new route will be serviced by the Airbus A320 aircraft with a 180 passenger capacity. To date, AirAsia and AirAsia X now fly direct to Taipei from Kuala Lumpur (1 flight daily), Bangkok (1 flight daily) and Kota Kinabalu (1 flight daily beginning 15th January 2010). With excellent air connectivity between Taipei and Kota Kinabalu, mutual economic benefits can be expected as AirAsia's low fares and innovative services will definitely stimulate more travel both inbound and outbound from these two destinations. Taiwanese visitors to Malaysia must apply for a social visit visa that costs NT$ 240 that is valid for 2 months.

To add value, AirAsia, under GoHoliday at, has also lined up some great online hotel deals to stretch the dollar where they may choose their holiday lodgings from over 50,000 hotels. We encourage our guests to purchase food, baggage, hot seats online to enjoy more discounts and savings through

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*All fares quoted are applicable for one-way travel only

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