Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) (IATA: BKI, ICAO: WBKK) serves the city of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia. It is located about 8 km southwest of the city centre. It is the second busiest in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport, handling 4.8 million passengers in 2009. It is the main gateway into the state of Sabah and into Borneo. The new Terminal 1 building has 64 check-in counters for international and domestic flights; 17 aircraft parking bays capable of accommodating both the wide and narrow body aircraft and the terminal building can handle 3,200 passengers per peak hour.
The Departure Hall column head design is inspired by the ‘Wakid’ basket design. A ‘Wakid’ is a symbolic native practice in preparing for a meaningful journey. Some ethnic pattern of the Rungus and Bajau were also applied in the floor tiles pattern. The floor size at Level 1 is 24,128 sqm, Level 2 is 18,511.4 sqm and Level 3 is 22,339 sqm providing sufficient comfort space for all passengers. The new terminal has also been configured with 12 aerobridges. The terminal has a total of seven luggage x-ray machines installed. For hand luggage, there is one for VIP, three for departure and one for staff entrance while two machines are available for baggage check-in. It is also configured with a total of 36 immigration counters, 16 for departures and 20 for arrivals. There are also six baggage carousels available. Commercial activities are offered via duty free shops, retail outlets and food & beverage outlets.