Air Busan is the latest airline to recommence flights to Kota Kinabalu since the pandemic, with the first flight back to the Malaysian city in Sabah on July 14 bringing 220 passengers.
The airline now flies twice weekly between Busan and Kota Kinabalu.
State assistant minister of tourism, culture, and environment, and Sabah Tourism Board chairman, Joniston Bangkuai, who was part of the welcome entourage, said the ramping up in international direct frequency indicates significant demand for travel to Sabah, as well as airline interest in the Kota Kinabalu route.
Since the reopening of Malaysia’s borders on April 1, five foreign carriers have returned to Sabah. To date, there are 40 weekly direct international scheduled flight frequency into Sabah, with South Korea having the highest frequency.