Updated on 3rd November 2013
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Kota Kinabalu International Airport
KKIA TERMINAL 1
see also : Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Photo Gallery of KKIA TERMINAL 1
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
is an Asean-China air travel hub.
It also features duty-free shops, other shops, lounges, travel agents, restaurants, and many others.
Terminal 1 opened for commercial use on August 19, 2008. but the whole project was completed only in May 2010.
It will also have a place for small
aircraft passengers. After the whole terminal was completed, the
first wing will be accommodating international flights while the
second wing will be for domestic flights. After completion, Terminal
1 would be equipped with:
international flights from Asian Countries including Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore
Kinabalu City with its many hotels and resorts house many tourists
before they venture to islands and mountains of Sabah.
|Taxi from KKIA Terminal 1 to the
City center such as Suria Sabah is Rm 30.00
Buy the Taxi ticket at airport counter before approaching the Taxi.
|Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is located 8 km
southwest of Kota Kinabalu City.
The second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport with 4 million passenger movements in 2006.
In 2007, 2.5 million unique tourists visited Sabah through KKIA.
The airport first began as Jesselton Airfield, a Japanese military airfield built during World-War II.
Towards the end of the war,
the airfield suffered severe bombings by Allied Forces until the
surrender of the Japanese army in 1945.
In 1957 a new terminal was built and the runway been extended to
1,593 meters long to enable the operation of Malaysia Airways
Viscount aircraft. In 1963, further expansion of the runway to
1,921 meters long to cater for Comet 4 operations. Commercial
flights and passenger arrivals gradually increased and a larger
terminal building was needed to accommodate this increase.
In the 1980s, a newer and larger terminal building was built on the Western side of the runway for all commercial flights.
Since then KK has two airport terminal, the New Airport Terminal (West end now Terminal 1) and the Old Airport (the original terminal at the East end now Terminal 2)
In 1992, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad took over management and operations of the airport. Further expansion project began in 2006 for both terminals, and in January 2007 the first original terminal was named Terminal 2, and the other newer secondary but main terminal was known as Terminal 1.
2005, Malaysian federal government approved a major renovation
and extension project of KKIA worth RM1.4 billion. The new
airport terminal building will be able to accommodate four Boeing
747s, one Airbus A330, seven Boeing 737s, three Fokker 50s and three
Dorniers at any one time. It will also have 12 jet ways for passenger
KKIA became the second largest airport in Malaysia with an annual capacity of 12 million passengers — 9 million from Terminal 1 and 3 million from Terminal 2.
AirAsia is expected to start flying to Guilin, Xiamen, Hong Kong and Vietnam in 2009. Sabah Government is optimistic in targeting more visitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.
AirAsia plans to make Kota Kinabalu the main hub for flights from China to Malaysia due to Kota Kinabalu being the nearest Malaysian hub to China.
The RM1.4bil makeover of the Kota
Kinabalu International Airport started operational on August 19,
November 03, 2013 08:46:33 AM