19 January 2010
AirAsia has launched flights between Kota Kinabalu and Taipei, establishing Kota Kinabalu as the second largest hub in Malaysia.
Minister of Transport of Malaysia, YB Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat said, “This is a fantastic milestone for Malaysia’s aviation industry and for AirAsia; establishing Kota Kinabalu as its second largest hub in Malaysia. The Ministry is working closely with AirAsia to enhance international air services, which will result in more inbound tourists to Malaysia, boost our economy and increase tourism revenue. There are countless attractions in East Malaysia and I am pleased to be here today to celebrate AirAsia’s inaugural flight from Taipei. The introduction of this new route will provide greater accessibility and connectivity across South East Asia and beyond.”
Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) is perfect for those looking to enjoy the beach or more adrenalin-filled activities. Mount Kinabalu, home to the world's highest via ferrata at Mountain Torq, is the third tallest mountain of South East Asia and one of the stunning tourist attractions in Sabah. Other primary Eco-tourism attractions include its outstanding national parks such as Kinabalu National Park and the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary.
Taiwan is renowned for its cuisine, culture, arts, architecture and bustling business activities. Taipei is a melting pot of the great culinary traditions, both Chinese and foreign, with hundreds of restaurants creating a gourmet's paradise. This most popular city in Taiwan is also littered with large shopping centers and department chain stores. Combining diverse leisure and entertainment facilities, these venues offer shopping for clothing, lifestyle products, bookstores, amusement centers, and many others. It is also a favourite destination for cyclists from within the region.
Besides Taipei, Kota Kinabalu also connects guests to other international destinations such as Brunei, Jakarta, Shenzhen, Macau, Clark and Singapore. Domestically, travellers can connect to Kuala Lumpur, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau, Miri, Labuan, Penang, Kuching and Johor Bahru from the hub.