AirAsia launches direct flights between Kota Kinabalu and Seoul

AirAsia Malaysia celebrated another milestone for its second biggest hub in Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu, with its inaugural flight to Seoul, South Korea, which took flight with 100 percent passenger load factor.

Commencing operations starting on March 4, 2024 with daily frequencies, this new route marks the airline’s continued expansion in Sabah with a total of 18 routes flying 282 weekly flights to and from Kota Kinabalu.

This direct flight makes travel between these two vibrant destinations more accessible and affordable for Sabahans with the opportunity to explore Seoul’s rich cultural offerings such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and Cheonggyecheon Stream; iconic landmarks including Lotte World Tower and Seoul Sky Observatory; as well as diverse culinary experiences at Mangwon Market and many others.

The inaugural flight celebration was marked by a lively send off ceremony by AirAsia, Sabah Tourism and Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) with mascot appearance and merchandise giveaways for guests on board.

KTO Managing Director for Malaysia and Brunei  Sangho Moon and Marketing Director Shin Hae In were at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport to send off the passengers.

Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Group Limited, Bo Lingam  said: “We are very pleased to celebrate this new route with a full load which is a great sign of things to come.

“With approximately 150,000 arrivals recorded from South Korea to Sabah in 2023, we look forward to flying even more travellers into Sabah this year.

“As we continue to grow our East Malaysia hub, this expansion reinforces Kota Kinabalu’s position as a dynamic aviation base, boasting nine domestic and nine international destinations.

“As South Korea has been one of the top three market sources for tourism in Sabah, the introduction of this route will not only boost the state’s tourism and trade sectors but also strengthen the cultural and economic ties between South Korea and Sabah.

“We are confident that the addition of this route will further create significant mutual benefits for the people of South Korea and Sabah.”

In celebration of the inaugural flight, AirAsia is offering special promotional fares starting from RM389 all-in* one-way for Sabahans to discover Seoul.

The promotional fare is available for booking starting 5 to 17 March 2024 for travel between 5 March and 26 October 2024 on and the AirAsia MOVE app, which was previously known as ‘airasia Superapp’.

All nationals from visa-free countries/regions including Malaysia are required to obtain K-ETA before entering South Korea.  

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