AirAsia announces resumption of flights between Kota Kinabalu and Manila


AirAsia is expected to return to the capital of the Philippines – Manila, from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on May 27 with two weekly flights.


The two weekly flights are now available to book between Kota Kinabalu and Manila with a three-day Super Flash Deals promotion until May 29, 2022 for just RM115 one way via airasia Super App. Users can book their flights now and travel between September 5, 2022 and March 25, 2023.


Ricky Isla, CEO of AirAsia Philippines, said, “The resumption of flights from the Philippines to major ASEAN destinations, starting with Kota Kinabalu, signifies our recovery, especially in the international market. We hope to support Sabah’s tourism and economic recovery with the resumption of Kota Kinabalu flights. We believe that the relaxation of safety protocols and testing requirements has also rekindled the wanderlust among Filipinos.


A survey commissioned by AirAsia Philippines in December 2021 found that Filipinos are willing to travel in small groups this year with family (69%), partners (40%) and close friends (24%) if travel protocols international are slackening. The main destinations chosen by Filipino travelers are Singapore (73%) and Japan (71%). Ranked ninth in the list of favorite international destinations for Filipinos is Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, with 47% of respondents including the destination in their top picks.


Puan Noredah Othman, CEO of Sabah Tourism Board, said, “We are delighted to welcome the return of AirAsia flights from the Philippines to Kota Kinabalu. This is AirAsia’s second international flight to Kota Kinabalu after Singapore. We are delighted that international flights are resuming. STB will continue to promote Sabah as a vacation destination in the Philippine market, especially to those interested in climbing Mount Kinabalu and other niche tourism products.


Passengers arriving in the Philippines must download and install the Traze Contact Tracing app and register for the Online Health Declaration Card (e-HDC) through the Office of Quarantine’s OneHealthPass (OHP). For more information on timetables, travel requirements and protocols, visit the airasia Flysafe homepage.


AirAsia Malaysia has successfully migrated over 95% of its customers to the airasia super app and website under its robust health and safety protocols. The airline will continue to promote its contactless procedures as part of its efforts to further strengthen its Covid-19 mitigation plan.


AirAsia encourages all customers to migrate and upgrade to the super all-in-one airasia app for seamless and contactless travel.


Effective April 1, 2022, AirAsia’s counter check-in service is strictly for exempt customer categories only at all airports in Malaysia. Groups exempted are seniors aged 70 and over, people with disabilities registered with social services, young passengers traveling alone (unaccompanied minors), group bookings of 10 or more people, passengers on charter flights, etc


AirAsia has twice been recognized for its robust and comprehensive Covid-19 mitigation plans, with the highest levels of safety and operational integrity with a rating of 7/7 from aviation experts at airlineratings. com in 2021 and 2022.


Please read the latest travel advisory here for more information on AirAsia’s security measures and travel SOPs.


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