Kota Kinabalu in Sabah and Zamboanga City in the Philippines are now directly connected.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) and BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) Sabah received a positive response from travellers for their inaugural Kota Kinabalu - Zamboanga City direct flight recently. According to PAL, they recorded an impressive number of 65 confirmed bookings out of 86 seats as at 17 February, for their maiden flight on 31 March 2020.
Founded by Spanish forces in 1635, Zamboanga is a city where Western and Eastern influences merge, where tourists will marvel at the colonial architecture of various historical sites such as Fort Pilar, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Pettit Barracks. For a fun time, tourists can visit the city during the month of October for La Hermosa Festival, that honours the city’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora del Pilar, while hosting numerous activities such as street dance competitions, fashion shows, agricultural trade fairs and more.
The thrice-a-week service sees flights of one hour and 45 minutes one-way, using an 86-seater De Havilland aircraft (formerly known as the Bombardier Q400NG).