Cheap Flights to Kota Kinabalu Airport
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) is located approximately 8 kilometers to the south-west of central Kota Kinabalu. The air facility is the second busiest in Malaysia, having handled over 7.2 million passengers in 2016. Kota Kinabalu Airport serves as the main gateway to the state of Sabah and the Malaysian portion of Borneo Island. Skyscanner's flight search can help you find and compare the cheapest available flights to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. If your travel date is flexible, try comparing air ticket prices on different days using the Whole Month search tool.
Airlines That Fly to Kota Kinabalu Airport
There are no airlines offering non-stop air service from Canada to Kota Kinabalu Airport. Connecting flights from Seoul are offered by China Airlines, China Southern, Malaysia Airlines, and several other major carriers. For more information about airlines that connect to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, click here.
Best Time to Fly to Kota Kinabalu Airport
A popular time to visit Kota Kinabalu is during the summer months (June through August) when the weather is driest and Sabah's festival season is in full swing. This is also the time of year when flight prices and hotel rates are at their highest. The best deals on airfares and accommodations can usually be found during the off-peak season, which runs from October to February. This also happens to be Kota Kinabalu's "wet" season, although heavy storms are uncommon. If you'd like to save on travel costs while still enjoying pleasant, dry weather in Kota Kinabalu, the best time to visit is from March to May.
What to Expect When Arriving at the Airport
Kota Kinabalu Airport consists of two terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Domestic and international flights are handled in both terminals, with airlines being served at their designated gates. Terminal 1 is the airport's main terminal. The recently-renovated building features three levels, 12 aerobridges, and 17 aircraft parking bays. The Arrivals hall is located on Level 1 of the terminal. Terminal 2 is located on the opposite side of the airport's runway. This terminal primarily serves low-cost and regional airlines like Thai AirAsia and FlyAsianXpress.
Outside of the Arrivals exit of each terminal, you'll find several ground transportation options for getting to the city center -- including local taxi services, limousines, and hotel shuttles. There is also a shuttle called Airport Bus that runs between the airport's terminals and central Kota Kinabalu in 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. If you'd prefer to drive yourself, you can rent a car from one of the well-known agencies operating at the airport.
Kota Kinabalu Airport's main terminal (Terminal 1) is a large, modern building equipped with all of the services and amenities that you would expect to find at an international air facility: ATMs, cashpoints, food concessions, retail shops, currency exchange kiosks, storage lockers, and baby changing rooms. Prayer rooms are available in both terminals. Free wireless Internet is available, but connection speeds may be slow during the airport's peak hours.
What to See and Do in Kota Kinabalu
A good place to start your exploration of Kota Kinabalu is at the city's waterfront. Here, you'll find several handicraft shops and open-air restaurants serving delicious local dishes. Other popular tourist attractions are Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, which is comprised of several islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, and Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, a stunning example of modern Islamic architecture that appears to float on the surface of Likas Bay. Watersport enthusiasts will enjoy plenty of opportunities for leisure diving, technical diving, and snorkeling in and around the city. Many diving sites can be visited as a day excursion arranged through your Kota Kinabalu hotel.