AirAsia resumes direct flights to Kota Kinabalu from Hangzhou

An AirAsia A320 approaching to land.
Laurent ERRERA from L'Union, France, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

AirAsia celebrated yet another direct international flight into Kota Kinabalu this week, from Hangzhou China, marking the first flight for this route by the airline after a 3 year-long hiatus. 

AirAsia has now restored its direct international flight from Hangzhou, China, to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for the first time in three years.

This service restoration becomes the latest development in the carrier’s progressive network renewal, and has been made amid continued pent-up demand.

A Warm Welcome Back

The renewed service, operating with a thrice-weekly frequency throughout September 2023, is set to provide AirAsia guests with increased travel options.

Whether you are an adventure seeker or a culture enthusiast, this route is your gateway to discovering the hidden gems of both Hangzhou and Kota Kinabalu.

Photo Credit: AirAsia


Recognizing the growing demand for this connectivity, AirAsia will further enhance the frequency to seven times weekly from October 2023 to March 2024, ensuring more convenience and ease for guests traveling between these two vibrant cities during the peak travel period.

To celebrate this significant milestone, passengers aboard flight AK1575 from Hangzhou to Kota Kinabalu were given a heartfelt welcome by AirAsia’s dedicated team and Pn Noredah Othman, CEO of Sabah Tourism Board.

The surprise and delight of the guests was palpable, setting the tone for an unforgettable journey ahead.


A Message from AirAsia Malaysia CEO

AirAsia Malaysia CEO, Riad Asmat, expressed his excitement about the resumption of the Kota Kinabalu to Hangzhou route, emphasizing the airline’s commitment to contributing to Sabah’s flourishing tourism industry.

He stated, “We’ve always strived to uphold our commitment to contribute to Sabah’s booming tourism industry through our expanding network of flights in Asia and beyond, and this new route is a clear testament to that.”

“Both Sabah and China are two of our key markets, and we’re confident that our vast connectivity will allow us to enable affordable travel for our trusted guests as we continue to grow our fleet and network to cater to growing demand.”

Promotional Offer

Coinciding with the resumption of this popular route, AirAsia is extending a limited-time promotional offer for travelers. AirAsia guests can now enjoy an incredible 20% discount on all seats and all flights to various destinations.

This special offer is valid for bookings made between September 4th and September 10th, 2023, with travel dates available from October 11th, 2023, to March 31st, 2024. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to explore the world at unbeatable prices.

Kota Kinabalu: A Thriving Hub

Kota Kinabalu stands as AirAsia’s second-largest hub, boasting connections to 9 domestic and 10 international destinations, with a remarkable 268 weekly frequencies – and the list continues to grow.

AirAsia Malaysia (AK) currently operates 20 routes to/from Greater China, providing over 156 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to various Chinese cities.

Additionally, AirAsia X Malaysia (D7) operates five routes to/from China, with over 30 flights weekly from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu (Tianfu), Beijing (Daxing), Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Taipei.

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