AirAsia further connects Sabah to Southwest China


SEPANG, 19 October 2018 - AirAsia has further expanded its connectivity from Sabah to Southwest China with the launch of a new direct route from Kota Kinabalu to Kunming commencing 30 November 2018.

The four times weekly direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Kunming marks AirAsia Group’s fourth route into the capital of Yunnan province after Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand. It is also AirAsia’s 10th international route from its Kota Kinabalu hub.

AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat said, “We are pleased to offer direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Kunming, the capital and largest city of Yunnan. Kunming, known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, is known for its pleasant climate and blooming flowers all year round, and is the perfect gateway to Southwest China.

“This new route signals our commitment to expanding Kota Kinabalu as our hub in East Malaysia. We have launched three international routes from Kota Kinabalu this year to Bangkok, Macao and now Kunming. We are also doubling our flights from Kota Kinabalu to Shenzhen from 1 November 2018. We have carried more than 700,000 passengers travelling between China and Kota Kinabalu, and we are confident this new route will further boost visitor arrivals,” he added.

AirAsia is offering a special introductory all-in members fare from RM138* for Kota Kinabalu-Kunming, available on and the AirAsia mobile app from today until 28 October 2018 for travel from 30 November 2018 to 30 March 2019.

It is always springtime in Kunming, with the pleasant weather all year long. The capital city of Yunnan province is known for its cultural diversity, with 25 ethnic groups forming the perfect blend of culture and heritage, and boasts natural wonders such as the magnificent limestone formations in Shilin (Stone Forest), a UNESCO World Heritage site, the enchanting Jiu Xiang Cave and colourful Dongchuan Red Land.

With its unique geographic location, Yunnan is positioned to be a key hub in Southwest China for the One Belt, One Road initiative, which will provide new trading and export opportunities between China and Asean as well as South Asia.

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*Promotional all-in-fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes and fees. Fares shown are for BIG members only.  Terms and conditions apply.