Malaysia Airlines Strengthens Kota Kinabalu Hub With Perth Flights

Malaysia Airlines’ new eastern hub in Kota Kinabalu, from which it operates international flights to Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo, received a boost earlier this month with the launch of new 3 times weekly flights to Perth. Travellers visiting Borneo Island from Western Australia can now bypass traditional hubs such as Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, saving up to 2 hours in total travel time.


Flight MH 121 departs Kota Kinabalu at 1800 hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Perth at 2335 hrs. The return flight, MH 120, takes off from Perth International Airport at 0040 hrs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to land back at Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 0615 hrs. Flights will be operated using Malaysia Airlines’ new 160-seat Boeing 737-800 jets.


The flights are expected to help raise tourist arrivals to the Sabahan state capital, a major gateway to East Malaysia and have been timed to connect with Malaysia Airlines’ intra-Borneo and regional services to destinations such as Bintulu, Kuching, Labuan, Miri, Sandakan, Sibu and Tawau. The airline is also targeting VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travel from the large Sabahan community in Perth to contribute to passenger loads.


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