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Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Terminal Two of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) in 2013

2004 - 2015

LCCTKK (Terminal 2)
of Kota Kinabalu International Airport before converting in a Cargo Terminal in 2016


see also : Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

First Floor

There were two Restaurants in Terminal 2 before 2016
1- KFC
2- Asian Delights Cafe

Asia Delight Cafe served local food and selection of pasta and Western food.

And there was Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), both restaurants were located on the 1st floor, along with a internet access centre, a convenience store, and book store.

KFC fast food chain was the most popular fast food chain in Sabah. One will find KFC in every shopping centre, and just about every major town in Sabah.

Air Asia’s office was also located on the first floor.

Foods and price :

Lasi Lemak for example was Rm 9.90. Mike Tea was Rm. 2.90. A bottle of SPRITZER drinking water 1500ml was Rm 3.70.

Asian Delights Cafe

Banking services at Terminal 2 before 2016

Forex and ATMs
A Maybank currency exchange counter and ATM was located near the departure security check-point;
HSCBC had an exchange desk and ATM immediately right when passengers exit the arrivals area;
The ATMs accepts Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express and JCB cards;
Maybank ATMs were usually offline from midnight until anything up to 6am and the forex counter closes early;
Currency exchanges at the airport gives the worst rates, same as hotel lobbies.
Best rates are from non-bank currency exchanges in Centre Point, Wisma Merdeka and Suria Sabah.


Internet Access
Terminal 2 did not have blanket Wifi Internet Access;
There was, however, Wifi Internet access for those dining at KFC located on Level 1;
Also on Level 1 there’s an Internet kiosk that charges RM 5 per hour of Internet access in addition to other services such as faxing, printing and CD burning;

AirAsia at now is the sole airline operating from Terminal 2.
Photo above : Historical image of an AirAsia aircraft at Terminal 2 IN 2015

AirAsia was the sole airline operating from Terminal 2. But effective 1 December 2015 AirAsia operations at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) moved to Terminal 1 .
All of AirAsia’s flights to and from BKI will take off and land in Terminal 1 from that date onwards.

AirAsia WAS the sole airline operating from Terminal 2.
Terminal 2 was converted into a cargo terminal in 2016 and all budget airlines were moved to the main Terminal 1. The other budget airline, Cebu Pacific, had moved its operations to the Main Terminal 1 on Jan 1, 2015.
AirAsia had been remained adamant about staying on at the KKIA Terminal 2 in Tanjung Aru despite complaints of cramped and inefficient facilities. The reason of AirAsia ignored several deadlines to move to Terminal 1 was that there will be an increase in passenger service fees after moving there.
Terminal 1 was upgrade, which cost RM1.7 billion, now KKIA T1 has the capacity to serve nine million passengers, a 350% increase compared with Terminal 2.
However the main Terminal 1 was under-utilised, having the capacity for nine million passengers, but having served 3.19 million out of 6.79 million passengers in 2014.

A total of 14 airlines currently operate out of KKIA Terminal 1 with 12 aerobridges to cater for both narrow and wide body aircraft, and equipped with 64 check-in counters for both domestic and international flights.

The airport apron wasdesigned for parking airplanes and turning them aroundbetween flights. The apron wasa bridging pointbetween the runway system and terminal building and the apron location and its aircraftshould be provided convenient access. Most airlinesprefer the location of the apron is close to taxiingbetween runway and the stands. This will minimizetime and also the fuel consumption of theaeroplanes, which has a positive impact on theenvironment, they also should permit mutually independent movements of theaeroplanes on to and of the stands with minimum delay. The airlines also prefer asufficient number of stands provided by the airport operator to cope with the maximumnumber of aircraft expected during the peak hour and should accommodate quickloading and unloading of passengers and cargo, manoeuvring of the handling equipment‟s and also for the technical personal


Check-in counter Airport has provided adequate check-in counters but it is all depends on the airlines whomanaged those counters accordingly. Certain check-in counters are not open duringpeak
hour‟s thus long queues and encountered congestion at that particular area

Curbside area
KKIA (T2) wasa single level roadway which comprise of departure and arrivalpassengers. Based on our observation, the movement of vehicles entering the terminalarea wason a one way traffic flow. Any scheduled arrival or departure times during peak periods would produce the most congestion on airport roadways. There wasan increasedof vehicles parked along the shoulders of the access roadways as the drivers waitbefore returning to the curbside.

Apron Area At Terminal 2, ramp service vehicles such as baggage trucks, catering trucks, groundpower units, etc. have to move between tightly double parked aircrafts and passengersdefinitely elevates the risk of an accident occurred. At the same time, passengers having to board and de-board the aircrafts that aredouble parked also face a higher risk of being caught in an untoward accident.This current shortage of parking bay will form a huge hindrance in
Air Asia‟s futureexpansion plans as the growth of the fleet size will be dependent on the parking spaceavailable. The above constraint has resulted in very unhealthy and unsafe parkingpractices at the ramp/apron area

T2- Currently there is 7 parking bays for narrow bodies and 2 parking bay for turbopropeller aircraft.


Sulug Island, Manukan Island and Tanjung Aru Beach are within reachable distance.

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal Twowasthe second low-cost carrier terminal in Malaysiain commenced operations on 1 January 2007 coinciding with the start of Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
The distance between Terminal One and Twowas10 minutes drive apart from each other. They are not linked together but at each end of the runway.
Tanjung Aru Beach is within reach of 15 minutes walk along the main highway. If you know the short cut, its only 10 minutes walk. Therewasleft-luggage-service at the terminal at Rm 5.00 for 2 hours.

Arrivals Point and Tourist Information Centre

Arrivals Point and Tourist Information Centre
First timer to Kota Kinabalu can find two information counters easily when exit from the arrival hall. The Tourist Information Centre and Airport Information Counter (just 10 meters apart).
Information on everything from where to stay, how to get there, and where to gowasavailable.
Transportation serviceswasreadily available.
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Accommodation near KKIA Terminal 2

Casuarina Hotel

2-minute walk to Tanjung Aru Beach and a
10-minute walk to Terminal 2 of KK International Airport.
1 hour walk to Terminal 1 of KK International Airport.

Double Room Rm 100.00
Twin Room Rm 100.00
Family Room Rm 180.00
Borneo BeacHouse (Backpackers)

 - Strategically located only 10 minutes walk from Terminal 2 Airport. Borneo BeacHouse (Backpackers) The only colonial Beach House situated in the South of Kota Kinabalu City.



 -85 room. Only 3 minutes from the Air Asia Terminal 2, Tanjung Aru Plaza and Tanjung Aru Beach. 10 minutes to KK city.  


Facilities : Restaurant, Function Room Private Car Park, Swimming Pool Coffee / Tea Making Facility, 24 hrs Security  

Address: Jalan Murni, Tanjung Aru, 89100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Directly opposite SM Stella Marts)  

Tel: (088) 282828, Fax: (088) 282825 E-mail (Owner: Yeng Hing Enterprise Sdn. Bhd.)


RM 90.00 Nett (Twin / Double Sharing )
RM 120.00 Nett (Triple Sharing )
RM 160.00 Nett Family Room (5 beds sharing)  




Super Ice Cream Potong

Super Ice Cream Potong

A favourite of tourists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan -  Super Ice Cream Potong with different fruit flavour:  durian, cempedak, avacado, and etc.  Available at Kota Kinabalu International Airport outlets.

Ground Level KKIA-T2

Ground Level KKIA-T2

Kota Kinabalu International Airport’s Terminal 2wasa Low Cost Carrier Terminal built specifically to facilitate first AirAsia and later other low cost airlines such as TigerAir, JetStar and Cebu Pacific.

It’s a no frills terminal, but has almost all the facilities that the main Terminal 1 has. However smaller in space, thus more congested as far as people and trafficwasconcerned. The terminal consists of 2 levels.

The check-in counters are in centre of the building, and flight check-in informationwaseasy to see. Air Asia's express boarding gives less of a hassle especially for family with children.

Ground levelwasa place of convenience store, tit-bit snack store and a perfumes shop
A shop sells frozen seafood, where seafood are pack for baggage. Sabah is famous for fresh seafood, and even the frozen variety is recently caught.


International Departure Hall
International Departure Lounge

There are two Departure Lounges in KKIA Terminal 2
1- Domestic Departure Lounge, Terminal 2
2- International Departure Lounge , Terminal 2

What you do at the airport:
1- When you arrive at the airport, you go into the terminal building.
2- You check in for your flight at the check-in desk.
3- You show your passport at passport control and then go through security
4- Security check that you are not carrying any weapons.
5- If you have time you can wait for your flight in the departure lounge.
6- When your flight is called, you go through the departure gate in order to get onto the plane.
7- The plane then takes off from the runway.
8- After your plane has landed, you go to the baggage reclaim to collect your bags,
9- then go through customs and immigration, where they check your passport and your bags.
10- You then go out into the arrivals area.... Have an enjoyable holidays in Malaysia!

Image below : 
Domestic Departure Lounge KKIA-T2
Domestic Departure Lounge, Terminal 2

DUTY FREE SHOPPING at International Departure Lounge  KKIA-T2
DUTY FREE SHOPPING at International Departure Lounge  KKIA-T2

Duty Free
A duty free shop in the international departure lounge offers duty free to those departing to international destinations.

The arrival area has another smaller duty free shop for those arriving from destinations outside of Malaysia.

Perfumes & Cosmetics

Perfumes & Cosmetics
In front the Security baggage scanner

At the Departure Public Concourse opposite these security baggage scanners waswhere Perfume & Cosmetics shopwaslocated.

Offer a wide selection of high end and mid range fragrances and cosmetics.



(Service include baggage wrapping and strapping)

Business Hours : 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM Daily

Inquiry, please call : 016-848 1888 or 018-241 4169

Left Luggage Service

Hours Per luggage
First 3 hours Rm 5.00
3 to 6 hours Rm 8.00
6 to 8 hours Rm 10.00
8 to 12 hours Rm 12.00
12 to 24 hours Rm 15.00
Left Luggage Facilities:
Located opposite the AirAsia ticketing booth;
Open from 7:30am – 8:30pm.
RM5 per bag for 3 hours and then RM2 extra per luggage item for every 3 hours thereafter.
12 – 24 hours storage are RM15 per luggage item.
Oversized bags, golf sets and other sports equipment are RM30 per day per item.

Locker Storage Service

Locker Storage Service Rm 5.00 for 2 hours
Baggage wrapping Rm 7.00 per baggage
Baggage strapping Rm 5.00 per baggage
Baggage re-packing Rm 5.00 small box
Rm 10.00 medium box
Rm 15.00 big box
Locker storagewasavailable at RM5 for every 2 hours.
Baggage wrapping at RM8 per bag
Baggage Strapping at RM6 per bag


Information Counters
Information Counters
Departure Public Concourse

There are two information counters at Terminal 2 Ground floor (Level 1):

1- Tourist Information Counter managed by Tourism Department Government
2- Airport Information Counter managed by Malaysian Airport Company

As your get out of the arrivals point, the first counterwasthe one-stop tourism information counter. This one-stop centre provide information on tourism sights and sites, accommodation and transportation.

Do visit the Sabah Tourism Information Counter  to get some brochures and leaflets on interesting places to visit all over Sabah, including getting on-the-spot assistance and advice from the staff on duty.

Both information counters are manned by knowledgeable personnel assigned to disseminate the required particulars to tourists.

Information Counters

Departure Public Concourse

Departure Public Concourse

Terminal 2 completed renovation in 2007 and has most amenities you need in a modern terminal.
There are 10,307 square meters of floor size at level one and 3,200 square meters at level two.

At time of completion in 2007, there are 750 public seats and 500 trolleys for passenger use. The terminal houses two duty-free shops, four retail outlets and four food and beverage outlets. Parking spaces for 176 cars are available.

The new Terminal Two building has 26 check-in counters for international and domestic flights, six aircraft parking bays capable of accommodating B737 and A320 aircrafts.

The terminal can accommodate up to three million passengers annually. It can handle 1,200 passengers per peak hour.

A total of 13 immigration counters, seven for departure and six for arrival are in place. There are also seven luggage x-ray machines and three baggage carousels each measuring 70m long capable of handling 1,200 bags per hour.

The construction of the KKIA Terminal Twowaspart of a massive makeover of the airport which includes the upgrading of the main terminal and runway extension and the construction of a new air traffic control tower. The KKIA is currently the second busiest airport in Malaysia after KLIA with more than 4.01 million passenger movements recorded in 2006.

At present, the airlines using KKIA Terminal Two are Air Asia, Fly Asian Express (FAX) and Transmile. Further extension to this terminal will depend on the growth of the airlines mentioned and their traffic volume.

Most Malaysian today choose to fly with AirAsia because of Low fares and new airplanes. The main operator of Terminal 2 KKIAwasAir Asia with some other low cost air carriers that fly into T2.

Datuk Azmi MuradwasMalaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) senior general manager for operations

old Terminal 2 taken in August 2006

Left : Photo of the old Terminal 2 taken in August 2006, just a couple of months before it was torn down and rebuild with the present new building.

Taxis and limousine services can be found on the ground floor of  Terminal 2 of KK International Airport

Taxis and limousine services
can be found on the ground floor of  Terminal 2 of KK International Airport

Taxi Counter
AirAsia Ticket Counter

Standard taxi rate from the airport to the town centrewasRM35 (up to 4 people);
Buy a coupon from the kiosk at the terminal’s exit before proceeding to the taxi rank outside.
For destinations other than the centre of town, refer to our Transport section.
The RM5 buswaspretty regular at 1-hour intervals; ask the Information Kiosk for… you guessed it: Information!
Alternatively, you can walk from the terminal out to the main road (5 – 10 mins) and flag reasonably regular buses from there for a wee bit less;

A taxi fare coupon can be bought at the Taxi Coupon Counter. The fare from Airport to city centrewasaround RM20, while to DamaiwasRM47.50 and to UNIMASwasRM32.50 one way.
The fare is increased 50% after midnight.

TAXI  Transportation To/ from the Airport :

Taxis are available from the airport and cost about RM20.00 to Kota Kinabalu city centre. Taxi coupons can be purchased from the Airport Taxi counter.

From airport to Inanam Bus TerminalwasRm 30.00



Car Rental Counters and Airport Bus Counter
Car Rental Counters and Airport Bus Counter

Rent A Car Service at KKIA Terminal 2 :

Visitors arriving will see several counters at the arrivals exit. These counters cover all the necessary  need for transportation: Airport Bus counter, Car rent counters and Taxi counter.

To the left of the arrivals exit there are 4 car rental desks next to each other with similar offers at similar prices.

Golden Car Rental & Tour
Kam Global Rent A Car & Tour
KK Leisure Tour & Rent A Car
Borneo Express Rent A Car

Public Transport
Rm 5.00 per-trip airport buswasa good options from Terminal 2. Both to Terminal 1 and to City centre.

Budget travellers may prefer to walk out 800m to the main road and catch a normal, public bus to town for Rm 2.00 but for Rm 3.00 extra the airport buswaslow cost way to go.

From Terminal 2 to Kota Kinabalu City

From Terminal 2 to Terminal 1


Airport Bus Counter

Airport Bus Counter

More about Airport Bus in KKIA


Mount Kinabalu at the background of Kota Kinabalu International Airport in early morning.
Mount Kinabalu at the background of Kota Kinabalu International Airport in early morning.


Kinabalu Park main entrance located only 90 km away from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. From Kota Kinabalu city, you can rent a car or get a taxi to Kinabalu Park. The journey takes less than 2 hours.

For a group of 6 -8 persons you can hire a van with driver to take your group from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Kinabalu Park Office, where you register your attendance for the climb (Remark : you need to book your place to climb earlier before you come).

The cost to hire a van big enough to fetch 6-8 persons (and luggage) in a group ranged between RM450 to RM500, it includes trip from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Kinabalu Park Office AND the return trip from Kinabalu Park Office to Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Those visitors with own cars can drive directly from KKIA to Kinabalu National Park with-in half a day. The road network of Sabah is sufficiently developed with roads leading all along the West Coast to Kota Kinabalu , Tuaran , Kota Belud and as far north as Kudat at the most northern tip of Borneo. Follow the road into the interior to the Mt. Kinabalu National Park near Kundasang , past to Ranau to Sandakan on the North East coast, near the Sepilok Oran Utan Sanctuary and departure point to Turtle Island. Continue along the eastern coast down to Lahad Datu , Semporna and finally Tawau in the South Eastern corner of Sabah near the border with Indonesia.

Ground Floor KKIA-T2

Ground Floor KKIA-T2

Departures Gate to Immigration Counters and Departure Hall
Check-in Counters
Arrivals point


The ground floorwasa publicly accessible hall where also the locations of Arrivals meeting points and Departure points.

Terminal 2wasa small airport for international standard. The whole length of the public hallwasonly 100+- meters. On both end of the hall are the Arrivals points and Departure gate respectively.

At this ground floor are also :
- Malaysia Tourism information desk,
- Convenience stores on either side,
- Sabah handicraft shop,
- General gift shop and
- Frozen seafood shop.

There are two duty free shops. Several retail outlets for foods and beverages.

Local airlines operating at the airport are Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. Other airlines include Seaga Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei, Sabah Air, Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, Garuda Airlines, Transmile Air and Singapore Airlines.

Perfume & Cosmetics @ T2, KKIA (Landside)

In between the Departure point and Arrivals point at Terminal 2 (KKIA)wasthe row of airline check-in counters. Before these counters there are two security baggage scanners.


Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA T2)Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA T2)Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Terminal Two

The Royal Air Police Unit of Malaysia
The Royal Air Police Unit of Malaysia
Sabah Air Aviation
Layang Layang Aerospace

N888HE (Harrahs Operating Company Inc) Gulfstream V- UNITED STATES
N888HE (Harrahs Operating Company Inc) Gulfstream V- UNITED STATES

Dragon Air B-HSN
Malaysia Airlines 9M-MMD


Airport Fire & Rescue Service
Airport Fire & Rescue Service

The Airport Fire and Rescue Services (AFRS) building is located opposite the Terminal 2.

Airport Fire and Rescue Services (AFRS) has the direct service road connection to the runway and be able to respond to the emergency almost immediately after obtaining the confirmation on the emergency whereabouts and conditions.

Layang Layang Aerospace
Layang Layang

Layang Layang Aerospace
Founded: 1995
Hubs: Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Layang Layang Aerospace is a regional-charter airline based in Sabah, Malaysia.

The airline provides air services to the dive site, Layang Layang Island, 300 km northwest of Sabah.

They fly between Kota Kinabalu International Airport Terminal 2 and Layang-Layang Airport. And  also provides cargo services and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd  
Sabah Air

Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd  
Aircraft Rental Service
Address: Sabah Air Building, Jalan Johor, Off Jalan Selangor, 88999, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Phone:+60 88-484 733

Sabah Air
Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd is trading as SabahAir. The airline is based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

This domestic airline is founded in 1975 and currently has a Fleet size of 12

The Royal Air Police Unit of Malaysia
Unit Udara Polis Diraja Malaysia
The Royal Air Police Unit of Malaysia

The Royal Air Police Unit of Malaysia (Unit Udara Polis Diraja Malaysia - PDRM (UUP)) is a special unit of Royal Malaysia Police that look after national security by surveillance and patrol from the air and help other national security agencies.


Global Upline Sdn Bhd ( was awarded the contract to upgrade Terminal in 36 months but they managed to complete work in just seven months.



Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA T2)
Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA T2)

Terminal Two of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA T2)


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