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Average price (return flight)

RM 247

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RM 396

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RM 223
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Top airlines flying Kuching to Kota Kinabalu

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7.1
Malaysia Airlines
Overall score based on 1,536 reviews
7.3
Boarding
7.2
Comfort
7.6
Crew
6.9
Entertainment
6.7
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "Nothing."
Cons: "Please serve food hot. And tell sir hostess to smile. And worst flight. They I Only served one meal for 8 hour flight"

Cons: "Food need to be improved"

Pros: "ok"

Cons: "There were no vegan options available. I think that was my fault though because I did not set one up in advance. Would be nice if they offered one anyhow."

Pros: "Good seats and crew."
Cons: "Choice of movies"

Pros: "Seats were comfortable"
Cons: "The crew was not friendly, and the food selection is limited"

Cons: "Did not departure on time"

Pros: "The crew was excellent, however I had a very serious problem upon checking in as I DISCOVERED AM NOT ALLOWED A SINGLE KG OF LUGGAGE.THE AIRLINE ASKED ME TO INFORM THE AGENT WHO DID NOT MAKE IT CLEAR WHEN I WAS BUYING THE TICKET.THAT HAS COST ME A LOT OF ANXIETY AND BIG$$"
Cons: "TICKETS ON SALE THAT HAS NOT LUGGAGE MUST BE CLEARLY STATED THAT NO LUGGAGE ALLOWED"

Pros: "All went Well, no delays, good service."

Pros: "Direct flight"
Cons: "Bigger aircraft"

Pros: "Smooth process all the way from check in to seating to disembarkation"
Cons: "none"

Pros: "The seats were comfortable and the in-flight entertainment was fine."
Cons: "The crew shouldn’t assume that an Asian person is Vietnamese just because they boarded from Vietnam. The vegetarian door was awful."

Cons: "Flight delay announcement could have been made much earlier"

Cons: "It was delayed by 15mins due to heavy rain but it was OK as everything else was on point"

Pros: "On time"
Cons: "2 times flight per day"

Pros: "Very little."
Cons: "Flight status went from check in status to final call....not boarding announcement as promised in lounge. Rude check in lady at counter. Misguided info about check in. Old ratty plane. Bad food. Luggage damaged on arrival. Awful seats."

Pros: "Everything was really good"
Cons: "But the flight left and arrived 30 minn late!"

Pros: "Friendly staff, smooth ride, easy boarding"

Pros: "Everimg went smoothly, from check in to boarding and flight. The ground and flight crew were helpful."
Cons: "Nothing for this trip"

Cons: "Answers together with Perth to KL. I understand from other flight individuals that MAL. Flights are always delayed."

Pros: "Hard landing which gave passangers a shock."

Cons: "They changed my seat without telling me and the new seat has a faulty video monitor and also a faulty USB port.. no compensation received.. terrible airline"

Cons: "Similarly delayed departure and arrived at HongKong over 11/2 hour later- poor service!"

Cons: "Seat back didn’t stay upright so it was uncomfortable when I wasn’t trying to sleep."

Cons: "Fight was delayed"

Pros: "The crew was very pleasant and professional. . The food bland but warm. But the seats were microscopic"
Cons: "Seats were tiny. My knees pressed to seat in front of me. I’m 73 inches tall"

Cons: "Prebooking a seat with Malaysian Airlines requires calling KL office which is always busy. It costs a lot if calling from the US, in addition to paying for the seats. It really turned me off."

Cons: "Economy class seats are getting tighter and smaller. When person in front reclines the seat you do not have much moving space left"

Pros: "Staff onboard were good"
Cons: "Many hours delay at Miri, MAS staff abandoned posts so they didn't have to deal with passengers. Apalling service"

Pros: "Attendants were very good"
Cons: "12 hrs in the air!!!"

Pros: "Short flight."
Cons: "One of our luggage was delayed during transit."

Pros: "The flights were on time :)."

Pros: "Second flight was quite empty and the plane was in much better shape"

Cons: "Initial flight was one hour late....almost missed my connecting flight, bags didn't make it to my destination. Not much help or info given about the late flight and how to connect to the next flight. First plane was old and beat-up."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Canceled flights both directions. Poor airport. Long runway times. When told I was notified about the canceled flights, I was issued absolutely no apologies."

Pros: "Smooth flight with usual good in flight service. No issues during flight. check in very smooth and baggage collection very quick"

Pros: "Crew was good"
Cons: "Food is not good"

Cons: "I was having 10hrs of layover in Malaysia, the airline neither facilitates with any transit lounge, room, and lunch. I am very disappointed."

Cons: "the online web check-in system was down. Had to queue 2.5hours to be checked in. Due to this, flight was delayed."

Pros: "The staff is great"
Cons: "We had to wait very long for take off"

Pros: "Prompt and great service."

Pros: "Nothing."

Cons: "Sorry to say the flight is always late. From Osaka to KL I had to wait 4 hours to connect to the next flight to Jakarta. Than on the way back from Jakarta to KL the flight was late again I just nearly made it for my connnecting flight to Osaka. Overall it was ok but something must be done for delayed flights."

Pros: "The crew is friendly"
Cons: "Check in counter not enough resulting in very very long queue and check in time"

Pros: "Flight was full ...so felt cramped. Towards back of plane so only 1 toilet. The Veg pie was slightly warm and unappetising , took 1 bite and left rest. Steward saw this and gave me extra peanuts instead. The brekkie was awfulll, the supposed scrambled eggs was congealed into the shape of the holder and again lukewarm the grilled tomatoe looked washed out....unappetiising...so ate the squahed croissant , yoghurt and fruit. What happened to international food standards . Crew was nice...though if wanted water later on had to get yourself.They didn't come around much offering water before Brekkie. No game option eg Sudoku on Entertainment site. My bag come off carousel more scratched than with other Airlines, so poor handling. Disembarked by stairs at Sydney Airport near Cargo plane area and had bus to Airport. Never had that before on an International flight , so took much longer to get into terminal....last thing you want after a long flight."

Pros: "Short trip 50 mins"

Pros: "On Time"
Cons: "No newspapers"

Pros: "I love flying with MAS"
Cons: "I don't like Tax Refund Customs Verification"

Pros: "The apps gave a good guide on the check in and check out time"
Cons: "Clearer baggage policy. Be informed no of luggages based on the purchased price and not refered to the baggage policy of AA which is not used in my trains pacific flight"

Pros: "Aero bridge availability"
Cons: "Choice to meals like McD mix and match. Can choose other combination of same value"

Pros: "Smooth check in"
Cons: "That the in-flight wifi really is free instead of making the passengers to pay"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Nothing"

Cons: "International travelers should not use Air Asia because of baggage limitations and application of excess baggage charges. It operates as a commuter airline."

Pros: "Very good for the price I paid"
Cons: "Somehow I couldn't check in online, or at the kiosk. There was only 2 check-in desk for domestic flights in KLIA2. Long lines and waited 20 minutes. Thankfully the staff at the counter allowed me to check in, despite having only 50 minutes to spare."

Pros: "I will say that the AirAsia crews do save the day. This is my first time flying AirAsia on a 3 leg trip (currently on leg 2) and the crew members have been absolutely awesome and stellar."
Cons: "I’m just a BIG guy so space is my overall complaint. But as my first experience with AirAsia, it has not been a great one. First my initial flight kept being delayed and delayed until it was actually canceled. Then my second leg of my vacation trip, again, delayed and they just had us standing in line waiting to board our flight. Again I give praise to the wonderful crew members for the stellar and comforting service. They truly are the reason I have not given up on AirAsia just yet. Now I do have one leg left, my tip home...I’m hoping that this one will be the overall best experience for my AirAsia. I’m praying for an on time departure, and another wonderful staff and just a tiny bit more leg space. Wish me luck"

Cons: "Was taken aback at the baggage fee and the low amount they give you - 12.5kg before charging is pretty low."

Pros: "Price"
Cons: "No room for legs Flight was delayed without any information at the gate My wife was at a differtn row even if there was a free seat next to me. I had to pay to next to her during check-in."

Pros: "Old and worn out"
Cons: "Food is not appetizing. There were only meat or chicken to choose from. Need to have an option for fruits only."

Pros: "Fares. Schedules. Destinations. More than you might expect for a low cost airline."
Cons: "I got what I paid for."

Pros: "Delayed in departures for 30 mins but arrived only by 5 mins late"
Cons: "In the Ramadan month, on board the plan just when time for breaking fast, a small glass of plain water to be given free for passengers on the flight at that time would be a thoughtful gesture"

Pros: "I feel confident with your aircraft and crew. Very professional"
Cons: "The chicken and rice was not the freshest and although the seats are comfortable they are very cramped for a big falang like me"

Pros: "On time both times. Ground staff especially very friendly."
Cons: "Nothing we didn’t really not like"

Pros: "On time and very friendly helpful staff. Especially ground crew"

Cons: "One hour delay on runway"

Pros: "On time (early on the return leg). Interesting usage of onboard wifi to deliver inflight entertainment. The choices of the channels was mediocre. Nevertheless, a good start."
Cons: "Same food (on return leg) with no other choices choice with the value pack add-on. Pasta was overcooked."

Pros: "nothing to say."
Cons: "only food that i received the rice i think didn't cooked properly"

Pros: "Cheap"
Cons: "They make you pay for water...WATER"

Pros: "Nice place fun"
Cons: "Well it's alright"

Cons: "No water is provided on board"

Pros: "I was traveling without access to WiFi and was unable to add my checked bags until the morning them the web site wouldn't let me add the bags. I got to the airport and the airline charged me $300 in fees for my two bags. Highway robbery. I'll never fly Air Asia again."
Cons: "Usurious fees for checked bags and the flights are always late to boot."

Pros: "All except boarding"
Cons: "Flyers cutting que prior to boarding without intervention from air crew staffs."

Cons: "Delay for 1 hour"

Cons: "More than 3h late, no information, gate close (we had to wait in the corridor), nothing to drink during the flight. And I had to pay 80RM just to travel with my umbrella,"

Pros: "Great boarding arrangement for back seat passengers to board first and follow up with front seat passengers."
Cons: "Cabin crew totally forget their priority task which is to Ensure the comfort of passenger. Instead everyone is so focus on retail as well as F&B add on sales."

Pros: "The price"
Cons: "You don't even get water"

Pros: "First time I've flown with them. I was very impressed"
Cons: "I liked everything"

Pros: "WiFi with some entertainment resources"
Cons: "No food/no drinks, unexpected"

Pros: "Inexpensive flights. Book early to get the best deals."
Cons: "The announcement came almost every few minutes, which is annoying. Carrier will squeeze every penny out of you. Bring something on board to eat if a long flight."

Cons: "The delays......"

Cons: "Flight was delayed by an hour."

Pros: "I guess it's cheaper."
Cons: "Carriage door was squeeking loudly when it was opened and closed before take off and after arrival. Gave me the creeps. Flight was delayed without prior notice."

Pros: "Flight is not so full"
Cons: "So far so good"

Cons: "No family priority boarding."

Pros: "On time Arrived early"
Cons: "All ok"

Cons: "The leg room is deplorable. My knees were continuously hitting the hard seat in front of me and going sideways wasn't even an option. I've never had this happen to me before. I'm a female and 5'9 and this is the least space I've ever had on a flight. So uncomfortable I can't imagine a long flight with this airline, which is good to know because now I will not use them for flying to Malaysia from NYC. Also both flights were delayed by nearly an hour each."

Pros: "Air Asia! Ground staffs are good service and helpful."

Cons: "Almost impossible to request wheel chair service for elderly even if we are willing to pay for it. Any add-ons or extra services come with unreasonably hefty (and hidden) price tag. I would absolutely avoid flying AirAsia at all cost in the future."

Pros: "Turnaround is fast, efficient boarding."
Cons: "State of cabin may not be 100%, due to same fast turnaround."

Pros: "- fast boarding - fast bag delivery - can depart earlier if all pax in"
Cons: "- delays can be traumatic for later flights in the day"

Pros: "Walking straight through security and into the plane.... (due to online check in and just bringing my carry on)"
Cons: "The 20 minute delay which they did not announce. I know it's delayed because I can see the pilots at the gate.."

Cons: "Flight was delayed by over 9 hours out of Colombo. Missed our connection to Ho Chi Minh city. Colombo ground crew and customer service didn't have any idea about the status of the flight."

Pros: "Fast & on schedule"
Cons: "Dirty"

Cons: "Air Asia not only charged me for luggage at check-in, but charged me TWICE for the same piece of luggage, stating that since I was flying "two segments" they had to charge me two times, though my luggage and I were going to one destination (with a layover in between). Never again will I fly this airline."

Pros: "In the US most recognize Southwest Airlines as an efficient low-cost carrier. AirAsia is all that with nice aircraft AND comfortable assigned seats."
Cons: "If your going to check a bag you can do it easily at the airport and you will pay per pound/kilo. If you know the approximate weight you can do it in advance on-line and save time. Example: 40 kilos /80 lbs was $40 usd."

Pros: "The food"
Cons: "They didn't even put my bag on the plane, they left it in the transit airport in Kuala Lumpur. I got my bag 24 hours later."

Pros: "The food"
Cons: "Took 2 hours to check in. They charged me $130 to check one bag. Flight was 2 hours delayed."

Cons: "Silkair service was insincere and lousy nowadays."

Pros: "We eventually took off."
Cons: "We taxi'ed around for over an hour after boarding. Just driving around the airport for an hour, not taking off. No complimentary drinks or snacks."

Cons: "Curt treatment at check-in."

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