By Scoot on December 3, 2019


Kota Kinabalu welcomes Scoot’s inaugural flight from Singapore

Scoot, the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines Group, today commenced its first direct flight between Kota Kinabalu and Singapore, making it the airline’s eighth destination in Malaysia after Ipoh, Kota Bharu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Kuching, Langkawi and Penang.

Customers on the inaugural flight, TR490 from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu, were welcomed with a special water cannon salute ceremony as the Airbus 320 aircraft touched down at Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) at about 11.40am today. The inaugural flight from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore, TR491, is scheduled to depart at 12.20pm, with arrival in Singapore at 2.30pm Singapore local time.


Scoot is currently the largest foreign low-cost carrier in the Malaysian market, in terms of the number of destinations served. Malaysia is one of Scoot’s key markets, and Kota Kinabalu is the second destination Scoot has launched this year, four months after the Kota Bharu-Singapore route was launched in July. The launch of daily services between Kota Kinabalu and Singapore further underscores Scoot’s commitment to growing its presence in Malaysia.

Mr Calvin Chan, Scoot’s Chief Commercial Officer said, “We are delighted to add daily Kota Kinabalu services to our growing network in Malaysia, connecting travellers from Sabah to Singapore and onward to over 60 destinations worldwide, including Athens and Berlin in Europe. Customers can look forward to great value fares, and a memorable transit experience at the award-winning Changi Airport as well as Jewel. At the same time, we hope this route will also boost local tourism as Sabah has much to offer, from beautiful islands to the majestic Mount Kinabalu.”

YM Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin, Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports said, “We are pleased to welcome Scoot from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu today. It is the airline’s eighth destination in Malaysia. BKI recorded an increase of 23% in passenger movement for its BKI-SIN sector from January to October 2019 compared to the same period last year. We anticipate a further increase in passenger movement through the inception of Scoot’s new service to the capital city of Sabah. Sabah has a lot to offer and the new flight service by Scoot will complement our efforts in supporting the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign.”

“Welcome to Kota Kinabalu! And we certainly look forward to welcoming Scoot passengers. While Singaporean arrivals do make up the top 10 for Sabah, this route has the potential to reach other key markets such as Australia, Japan, India and China of which we may have limited or no direct access to. Furthermore, arrivals to Kota Kinabalu via Singapore has been growing over the past few years,” added Puan Noredah Othman, General Manager of Sabah Tourism Board.  


In celebration of the launch, enjoy attractive one-way, tax-inclusive, promotional fares on flights from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore from as low as MYR115 for Economy FLY (excludes checked baggage and inflight meals), for sale between 3 and 5 December 2019! Since 23 September 2019, Scoot has also removed payment processing fees globally for all bookings made on its direct channels, offering customers greater value than ever. Promotional fares are subject to availability, so book your holiday now at or the Scoot mobile app!

Flight Schedule for Kota Kinabalu-Singapore services* (Effective 3 December 2019)


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