China Southern Airlines launched flights between Shenzhen and Kota Kinabalu on 28 September, a route that the SkyTeam member will operate daily using its fleet of A320s. This becomes the airline’s second route to the Malaysian airport, with it already offering a twice-daily service from its main hub of Guangzhou.
- China Southern Airlines introduced flights between Shenzhen (SZX) and Kota Kinabalu (BKI) in Malaysia on 28 September, with this becoming the SkyTeam member’s second route to the latter airport, adding to its existing twice-daily service from Guangzhou. The carrier will provide a daily service from Shenzhen using its fleet of A320s, however the first five flights on the route have been upgraded to an A321. “This shows the airline’s strong confidence in Kota Kinabalu as a destination,” highlighted Christina Liew, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister at a press conference for the new service. “The decision to use a bigger aircraft will bring an additional 200 passengers on the first five flights.” The 1,872-kilometre Asian city pair is already served by LCC AirAsia, with the latter also offering daily flights between the two airports. With the addition of these flights by China Southern, a total of 95 weekly scheduled flights are being flown between China and Kota Kinabalu by eight carriers, with 12 destinations being served non-stop. See how Kota Kinabalu Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.