Kota Kinabalu Airport
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- Kota Kinabalu International Airport,
88740 Kota Kinabalu,
- Kota Kinabalu
- 2987m x 46m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
Cebu Pacific Air
Hong Kong Express
Royal Brunei Airlines
Transmile Air Services
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Cathay Pacific
China Southern Airlines
CSA Czech Airlines
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the main gateway to the Malaysian state of Sabah and the island of Borneo. Over ten airlines fly to a range of domestic and international East Asian destinations. Malaysia Airlines uses it as a secondary hub. The airport is operated by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.
Location of Kota Kinabalu Airport, Malaysia
Ground Handlers servicing Kota Kinabalu Airport
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Malaysia’s domestic market has seen a 20% surge in passenger traffic since the launch of Indonesia's Lion Group subsidiary Malindo Air.
Malindo Air began operations at the end of Mar-2013 and now operates 25 domestic flights across 11 routes, giving it about a 7% share of capacity in the Malaysian domestic market. Malaysia’s other two main domestic carriers, AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines (MAS), have both responded by increasing capacity.
MAS has been expanding even faster than Malindo and been able to improve domestic load factors, albeit at the expense of yields. The flag carrier accounts for about 40% of the approximately 350,000 monthly passengers that have been added to Malaysia’s domestic market while AirAsia and Malindo each account for about 30%.
The 20% to 25% domestic traffic increases that have been seen in Malaysia in recent months, making it one of the world’s fastest growing domestic markets, are likely to continue for the remainder of 2013. But much more modest increases are expected over the medium to long term as Malindo and its two local competitors start to focus more on international expansion.
Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) is eager to move on to the last phase of its new business plan as it becomes the first airline in Southeast Asia to operate 787s. An initial fleet of four 787s, which will be placed into service in 4Q2013 and 1Q2014, will significantly improve efficiency and should lead to a further reduction in losses of RBA’s long-haul network.
One of Southeast Asia’s smallest flag carriers has come a long way since restructuring in 2011, when three medium/long-haul and two short-haul routes were cut. So far the results have been positive with RBA’s short-haul operation having already turned the corner and is now growing again in response to surging demand for travel within Asia.
RBA is now looking at also renewing its narrowbody fleet, which would result in further cost savings. But the carrier still has an uphill battle in reaching profitability given its small size and the prospect of increased competition with LCCs.
Lion Air Group affiliate Malindo launched services on 22-Mar-2013 with seven daily flights spread across Malaysia’s two largest domestic routes – Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. With its hybrid business model and low fares, Malindo will impact both AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines (MAS), which were previously the only two carriers on domestic trunk routes within Malaysia.
Malindo is planning rapid domestic and international expansion, leveraging Lion’s huge order book for 737s. India is poised to become Malindo’s first international destination with service to Delhi starting in Jun-2013, exploiting a market which is under-served due to cuts last year at AirAsia X. Several planned destinations in India and China will allow Malindo to increase aircraft utilisation and tap into the lucrative Malaysia-India and Malaysia-China markets. It also seeks to tap the fast-growing Indonesia-India and Indonesia-China markets, which Malindo will serve by offering connections to Lion.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) formally joined oneworld on 1-Feb-2013, giving the alliance 12 full members and its first member in Southeast Asia. For oneworld, MAS fills a white spot in one of the world’s fastest growing regions. For MAS, oneworld supports the carrier’s new focus on the premium end of the market.
MAS is in the latter stages of a restructuring which began at the end of 2011, when it unveiled a new business plan. Joining oneworld is a key component of the business plan. While only three oneworld members currently serve MAS’ Kuala Lumpur hub, joining the alliance expands its virtual network and increases its relevance in the premium market.
Gulf carriers and AirAsia will likely emerge as the main beneficiaries of the network restructuring at Malaysia Airlines (MAS). The Malaysian flag carrier has selected several routes to discontinue by early next month, resulting in a 12% reduction in system-wide capacity as it begins implementing its new business plan.
The world's busiest air route is...Tokyo Haneda-Sapporo Chitose. Indeed the top ten are all in the Asia Pacific region, which reflects its rise as the world's pre-eminent aviation market. Many of Asia's leading route pairs are in the established markets of Japan and Australia. But it is also interesting that among the airports represented as end points in the top 10 routes, ten of the airports fail to rank in the world's Top 30 airports. Though Sapporo has an enormous seat offer to Haneda, it has far less impact elsewhere.
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