Good news for budget travelers in Borneo Island. I adapted this news from our local newspaper, The Borneo Post this morning.
The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) will be officailly become an AirAsia hub beginning July 11 (next Tuesday). By establishing KKIA as a hub, the budget airline will commence daily flights between Kota Kinabalu-Miri, Kota Kinabalu-Kuching and Kota Kinabalu-Tawau. Previously, those route was managed by our national carrier, MAS.
“Having the hub strategically in place will facilitate the growth of the tourism industry in Sabah and at the same time stimulate travel between Semenanjung (Peninsular) and East Malaysia,” AirAsia Berhad Chief Executive said.
“The introduction of new routes and additional frequencies from the Kota Kinabalu hub will certainly create more economic opportunities in terms of tourism and business travel,” the Chief Minister of Sabah said.
The new AirAsia flights will be operated using the Boeing 737-300 aircraft and available for booking at all AirAsia distribution channels. In conjunction with the launch, AirAsia will offer special fares of RM9.99 one-way for its Miri (in Sarawak) and Tawau routes.
Get your low fare airline tickets at www.airasia.com
My two cent: Well, its good to know that you have options to choose between two major carriers in Malaysia. However, there are some complaints from the passanger that AirAsia staff is not as ‘friendly’ as the MAS staff. Looking from our point of view, they may be correct. Well, you can expect that to happen when they have to ? ‘overwork’ to give the best service around. I can usually see that they sometimes ‘faking’ their smile, just to make ourselve happy.
Experience it yourself. You may have a better experience than me 😉