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Kota Kinabalu International Airport

The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is the main gateway to Sabah for the outside world. It is located 10 Km from the town centre. Owing to its central location, the K.K. International Airport is less than three hours flight from most of the ASEAN capitals. There are direct flights to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Kaoshiung, Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Cebu, Davao, Brunei and Labuan linking Kota Kinabalu with the outside world, especially the BIMP-EAGA and the Asia-Pacific rim. The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is well equipped to take the B747, A330, MD11, etc. airlines. The domestic airports are Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Labuan; except for Lahad Datu, all these airports are capable of taking in B737 aircraft.

The airline operating within the major towns in Sabah is the national carrier, the Malaysia Airlines System or Malaysia Airlines. Other airlines which operate in and out of Kota Kinabalu are Air Asia, Saega Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei, Sabah Air, Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, Garuda Airlines, Transmile Air and Singapore Airlines.

Rural airports are Kudat, Semporna, Keningau and Long Pasia. For the past 10 years, the development of air service and supporting ground facilities in Sabah have been significant. In the Fifth Malaysia Plan (1986- 1990), and the Sixth Malaysia Plan (1991-1995), a total of RM30.45 million and RM158.96 million respectively, were spent on the upgrading and renewal of ground facilities. With the implementation of the Malaysia Air Traffic Service Modernization Programed (MATSMP) during the Sixth Malaysia Plan period, the Kota Kinabalu International Airport is equipped with Radar Air Traffic Service.

A new airport for Tawau will be built about 30 km from the town in the Seventh Malaysia Plan period to replace the present airport which is restricted from expansion by the rapid development of the urban areas.

Source: Information Malaysia 1996

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All information are compiled by Jesselton Communications Sdn.Bhd. 2000.