Kota Kinabalu is a medium sized city in Malaysia. Located in Borneo, it has moderate business and tourisms ratings that can range between 120 to 250. Compared to other cities, it is relatively unpopular for players to fly to. This city is one of the few cities that will receive the "Rising Tour Destination" News Report and its ratings will rise shortly thereafter.
The default airport here is Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI).
Due to its slightly isolated position in South East Asia and its moderate ratings, people generally avoid this airport if other alternatives exist. However, one can still make decent profits by flying here from large cities like nearby Kuala Lumpur and Singapore or slightly farther from Shanghai and Seoul. Long distance routes are not advised. Cargo is generally not recommended here due it's very low business ratings and the fact that cargo usually earns less than the passenger routes. This city can be used as a hub for passenger routes, but things can turn downhill when an economic crisis hits. Competition in this city is quite rare, but the city has trouble sustaining any form of competition. Hence, consider closing routes to and from this city if a competitor is limiting profits.
Kota Kinabalu International Airport usually attains a status of level 3 or 4 and rarely goes above that level. Due to this, buying over the airport from the national government is not recommended as other better alternative airports exist. As the primary airport to can never achieve maximum slot usage, any additional airport is rather pointless. Hence, no player should try to build the second or third airport in this city.
For passenger routes to Kota Kinabalu from large cities, planes of medium capacity is a recommended option. Great examples include the Boeing 707, Airbus A310 and the Lockheed L-1011. Routes to smaller sized cities should use small capacity planes such as the Bombardier CSeries, Boeing 737 and the Embraer E-Jet. For cargo routes, small to medium capacity planes (e.g Boeing 727-100QF, Boeing 737F and Antonov An-70) are recommended to minimise depreciation and ensure maximum profits.