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Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

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Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

Hi,

Has anyone taken the Air Asia flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching with arrival time of 5:00pm? I would like to know how long it takes to clear immigration upon disembarking the plane? Did anyone encounter any delays? I will rent a vehicle in Kuching, but the office closes at 6:00pm. Is there ample time for me to pick up the vehicle prior to 6pm or should I go back to the airport to pick up the vehicle the following day?

Thanks.

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1. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

I would arrange for the following day, just in case!

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2. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

Next day would definitely be better, in case of any delays.

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3. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

Your risk area is a flight delay and air asia do suffer from delays with flights as the day progresses. The later the flight, the more chance there is of delay..

From landing to getting to the car hire counter will take about 30 minutes + / -

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4. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

Thanks for all the responses. In that case, I think it is better for me to take the taxi to my hotel (Pullman Kuching) and then come back the next day to pick up the vehicle.

Do you know what is the fare price from the airport to Pullman Kuching will cost?

Thanks again!

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5. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

should be around RM26

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6. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

correct - if you buy a taxi coupon.

You can go outside to the taxi rank and haggle - you will get it for rm23 this way.

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7. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

Most of the car rental counters are opened till 8 or 9pm

However you can make a reservation without making any deposit payment and inform them of your arrival time and flight and they will wait for you.

Can try Hornbill Tours & Car Rental, email hbcrsb@streamyx.com look for Mdm Kim

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8. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

I have good experiences with Hertz, so I have stuck with them in both Malaysia and Thailand. However, their airport office closes at 6pm, which makes things quite difficult.

Payment must be made in advance for car rental in Malaysia.

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9. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

Hi vinventfok,

We've used Hertz at KIA after arriving late... the reservation was made through their Melbourne office and there was a small charge for keeping their counter open at the airport - I think it was only MYR20(?).

We didn't need to pay in advance... only swiped our CC at the airport for pre-validation of the excess and the card was charged after we returned the car.

A nice hint: if you are a Golden Circle member with Shangri-la hotels you can use their promotion & customer codes to achieve an instant upgrade to the next higher class of the rental vehicle.

Cheers ツ

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10. Re: Air Asia flight - Kota Kinabalu to Kuching (arrival time)

Hi vincentfok... my apologies for the typo of your handle.

Edited: 8:49 pm, April 04, 2012