Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is the second largest airport of Malaysia, handling over 7 million passengers a year. Kota Kinabalu airport is the main gateway into Malaysian Borneo.
The airport has two terminals, the old terminal constructed in 1957 (Terminal 2) and a newer terminal (1) build in the 1980's which was heavily renovated a few years back. Terminal 2 is now only used for charter flights and cargo handling.
With the extensions and renovations of 2015 of the terminals and runway, the Kota Kinabalu Airport is the second airport in Malaysia that is capable of handling the Airbus A380 SuperJumbo, the biggest commercial airplane in the world.
The airport is located only 7 km south from downtown Kota Kinabalu.
A new Airport bus greatly improves public transport at the airport. The Airport buses leave every hour to Kota Kinabalu and have three stops in the center: Center Point, Horizon Hotel and Padang Merdeka. Prices are RM 5 for adults and RM 3 for children.The buses operate between 08:00 and 20:30.
Pre-paid taxi coupons are available at the counter in the terminal. For a trip to the city which will take about 15 minutes, expect to pay RM 30. Prices are 50% higher after midnight till 6:00 am.
All prices quoted here were found in July 2017
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is not a large airport so there are not many flights departing here. There are only a few destinations that you can reach from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, most of these are operated by Malaysia Airlines. Many people take a flight to Tawau and transfer to another flight there.