AirAsia Launches KK-Shanghai Flights

Kota Kinabalu Shanghai Flights AirAsia

AirAsia Launches KK-Shanghai Flights

AirAsia celebrated its inaugural flight from Kota Kinabalu (KK) to Shanghai in China with a full passenger load, marking a great start to the Lunar New Year in February 2024.

Flight AK1516 departed from Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 9.30 pm on Tuesday (Feb 20) and landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 2.00 am the following day with no time difference between Malaysia and China.

Its returning flight AK1517 from Shanghai to here, which recorded over 90% passenger load, was greeted with a celebratory water salute upon arrival. State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew and Sabah Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Julinus Jeffrey Jimit were present to greet the guests.

In her welcoming speech, Liew expressed her appreciation to AirAsia for continuously boosting tourism opportunities in the state, especially from the fast-growing Chinese market. She said;

“We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural flight from Shanghai today (Feb 21). It is heartening to know that this is the 11th international route the airline operates to Sabah, with three weekly flights. STB recorded a 1,119% increase in tourist arrivals from China between 2022 and 2023. This is a great start to the auspicious Year of the Dragon.”

Bo Lingam, the group chief executive officer of AirAsia Aviation Group, said the full occupancy rate of the inaugural flight showed a strong demand and enthusiasm for this new route. He added;

“We are pleased to celebrate the inauguration of our services and look forward to continuing to facilitate more affordable connectivity between the two popular destinations of Kota Kinabalu and Shanghai. AirAsia’s services to China would continue to grow to support the government’s target of attracting five million tourists from China.”

Shanghai is the sixth Chinese destination accessible from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, and the other flights are Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing and Wuhan.

For more information on flights and bookings, please visit the AirAsia website, as there are also flight plus hotel packages. Don’t forget to sign up for the AirAsia Big Points, which will greatly benefit you.

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