Kota Kinabalu International Airport IATA airport code is BKI and ICAO code is WBKK
Located at 05°56′13″N 116°03′04″E, 10 feet (3 meters) above sea level, Kota Kinabalu International Airport is located about 8 km southwest of the city center.
Runway 02/20 – 3,780 meters, 12,402 feet long – Asphalt
The airport was first operated as a military airfield World-War II. It was then known as Jesselton Airfield (Kota Kinabalu was previously known as Jesselton). After the war, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of North Borneo (now Sabah) took charge of the operations and maintenance of the airport.
In 1970s and 1980s a new terminal building was built on the other side of the runway. Almost all commercial flights were shifted to this newer and larger terminal. From then on until recently, the original terminal became known as Airport Lama (“old airport”). In 1992 Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad took over management and operations of the airport.
Further expansion project began in 2006 for both terminals, and in January 2007 the original terminal was renamed Terminal 2, and the new terminal became Terminal 1.
Terminal 1 new wing (phase 1) was completed and opened for commercial use on August 19, 2008.