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TERMINAL 1 | KKIA TERMINAL 2 |
Terminal Two of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)
2004 - 2015
KKIA TERMINAL TWO
Kinabalu International Airport before converting in a Cargo Terminal in 2016
KK AIRPORT GALLERY
see also :
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)
There were two Restaurants in
Terminal 2 before 2016
2- Asian Delights
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.
Banking services at Terminal 2 before
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
Best rates are from non-bank currency exchanges in Centre Point,
Wisma Merdeka and Suria Sabah.
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;
Photo above : Historical image of an AirAsia aircraft at Terminal 2
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
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
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
KKIA TERMINAL TWO
Sulug Island, Manukan Island and Tanjung Aru Beach are within reachable
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
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
Transportation serviceswasreadily available.
2008-12-24 WED 07:26
Accommodation near KKIA Terminal 2
2-minute walk to Tanjung Aru Beach and a
10-minute walk to Terminal 2 of KK International
1 hour walk to Terminal 1 of KK International Airport.
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.
Restaurant, Function Room
Private Car Park, Swimming Pool
Coffee / Tea Making Facility, 24 hrs Security
Address: Jalan Murni, Tanjung Aru, 89100 Kota Kinabalu,
(Directly opposite SM Stella Marts)
Tel: (088) 282828, Fax: (088) 282825
(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
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
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 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
2- You check in for your flight at the check-in desk.
3- You show your passport at passport control and then go
4- Security check that you are not carrying any weapons.
5- If you have time you can wait for your flight in the
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
DUTY FREE SHOPPING at International Departure Lounge KKIA-T2
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
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
LEFT LUGGAGE SERVICE
(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
|3 to 6
|6 to 8
|8 to 12
|12 to 24
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.
||Rm 5.00 for 2 hours
||Rm 7.00 per baggage
||Rm 5.00 per baggage
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
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
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.
Departure Public Concourse
Terminal 2 completed renovation in 2007 and has most amenities you need in a
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Taxis are available from the airport and cost about RM20.00 to Kota
Kinabalu city centre. Taxi coupons can be purchased from the Airport
From airport to Inanam Bus TerminalwasRm 30.00
Car Rental Counters and
Airport Bus Counter
Rent A Car Service at KKIA Terminal 2 :
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
|Golden Car Rental & Tour
Kam Global Rent A Car & Tour
KK Leisure Tour & Rent A Car
Borneo Express Rent A Car
Rm 5.00 per-trip airport buswasa good
options from Terminal 2.
Both to Terminal 1 and to City centre.
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.
2 to Kota
2 to Terminal 1
Airport Bus in KKIA
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
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
Ground Floor KKIA-T2
Departures Gate to Immigration Counters and Departure Hall
The ground floorwasa publicly accessible
hall where also the locations of Arrivals meeting points and
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.
ground floor are also :
- Malaysia Tourism information desk,
- Convenience stores
on either side,
- Sabah handicraft shop,
- General gift shop and
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.
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.
The Royal Air Police Unit of Malaysia
Sabah Air Aviation
Layang Layang Aerospace
N888HE (Harrahs Operating Company Inc) Gulfstream V- UNITED STATES
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
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
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 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
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 (http://www.globalupline.com) was awarded the contract to upgrade Terminal in 36
months but they managed to complete work in just seven months.