Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia plans to start a daily flight from Kota Kinabalu in east Malaysia to Taipei.

It will commence from 15 January and will be operated on an Airbus A320 aircraft, says the airline.

"The travelling trend to places such as Taipei is increasing and with growing potential household income in east Malaysia, we believe there will also be strong potential demand from east Malaysian travelers to fly directly to the city," says regional head of commercial AirAsia group Kathleen Tan.

Thai AirAsia flies between Taipei and Bangkok while AirAsia X flies between Taipei and Kuala Lumpur.

AirAsia will compete on the Kota Kinabalu-Taipei route with Malaysia Airlines.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news