AirAsia celebrated a major achievement by launching its first flight from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, to Seoul, South Korea, on Mar. 4. The flight was full, showing strong interest in this new service. This route will operate daily, increasing AirAsia's presence in Sabah to 18 routes with 282 flights every week.

AirAsia Launches Direct Kota Kinabalu to Seoul Flights with Full Seats on First Flight
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AirAsia Launches New Flight from Kota Kinabalu to Seoul

The direct flight will make traveling between Kota Kinabalu and Seoul easier and cheaper. Travelers from Sabah can now enjoy Seoul's famous sites like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Lotte World Tower, plus try different foods at Mangwon Market. The first flight kicked off with a fun event including mascots and gifts, in collaboration with the Korea Tourism Organisation.

Bo Lingam, the head of AirAsia, said this route shows the airline's growth in East Malaysia. According to Breaking Travel News, Lingam noted that South Korea is a key visitor source for Sabah, expecting more travelers with this new service. AirAsia's network from Kota Kinabalu now covers nine local and nine international destinations, supporting tourism and business between South Korea and Sabah.

To mark the start of the Seoul route, AirAsia is offering special low prices from RM389 for one-way tickets. These deals are available from Mar. 5-17, for travel up to Oct. 26. Bookings can be made on AirAsia's website and the AirAsia MOVE app.

Before going to South Korea, travelers from countries without a visa need to get a K-ETA. This move by AirAsia aims to bring more visitors to Sabah and strengthen connections between the two regions.

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AirAsia Offers Summer Travel Tips for Filipinos

With the summer season kicking off on Mar. 1 and lasting until May 31, AirAsia is stepping up to assist travelers. This time is popular among Filipinos for vacations and family time. Already, over 700,000 people have booked flights with AirAsia for travel between March and May, to both local and overseas places. This number is expected to grow as summer gets closer.

AirAsia's Head of Communications, Steve Dailisan, highlights the airline's commitment to providing affordable, safe, and easy travel options, especially for those flying for the first time. AirAsia's news report suggests a few essential tips to ensure a smooth trip. Travelers should prepare all necessary documents, including passports and visas for international trips and at least one government ID for domestic flights. To avoid the summer rush, arriving early at the airport is advised-3 hours for local and 4 hours for international flights.

Additionally, AirAsia encourages using online check-in through the AirAsia MOVE app or website to save time and money on extras like meals and luggage. Early flight booking is also recommended to secure the best prices and take advantage of promotions like the 3.3 LFG Summer Sale, offering fares as low as PHP 33 for selected destinations if booked by Mar. 3.

AirAsia warns customers to book flights and services only through its official platforms or trusted partners, cautioning against unauthorized sales on social media.

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