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1 February 2013
Garuda Indonesia – the national airline for Indonesia – announced today that it has chosen Gatwick to operate direct flights between London and Jakarta, one of South East Asia’s largest hub airports. This will make Gatwick the only UK airport to connect passengers directly to the largest economy in South East Asia. From the fourth quarter of 2013, business and leisure passengers will be able to fly direct between Indonesia and the UK six times per week. Garuda Indonesia will operate Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft capable of carrying over 300 passengers. The UK is now one of the largest markets to Indonesia with 160,000 people currently travelling to the region on business and leisure (source: Based on 2011 MIDT data).Indonesia is an increasingly important market for the UK. Bi-lateral trade is growing and in April 2012, during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Indonesia, a partnership commitment to double trade (goods & services) by 2015 to £4.4 billion was announced. This new direct route will boost business activities between the two countries and help towards meeting that bi-lateral trade commitment. Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We want to link Britain up with the world's fastest growing economies. And good air links are vital to achieving that. This new route from London to Jakarta is good for British business and will help them to compete in the global race."
Gatwick’s Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said: “We are delighted that Garuda Indonesia has chosen Gatwick to operate this vital direct route. Despite being a crucial high growth business market for the UK, Indonesia has been underserved with no direct routes to the region from the UK – until now. Jakarta is also a major hub airport for South East Asia, giving UK passengers even more access and choice to the region. “Whilst the UK is one of the best connected countries in the world, we do need more direct links to key markets such as Indonesia. At Gatwick, we’re playing our part by investing in the airport and, with our airlines, opening new routes to growing economies such as China, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam and now Indonesia. We look forward to welcoming Garuda Indonesia later this year.” Garuda Indonesia’s President and CEO, Emirsyah Satar, said that the new Jakarta-London direct flight will complement the existing Jakarta – Abu Dhabi – Amsterdam route, as part of the airline's Quantum Leap 2011-2015 programme to develop the international network and become a ‘global player’. “This flight will be more convenient since it will be serving passengers - non-stop - from Jakarta to London with the brand new B777-300ER, which will be equipped with Wi-Fi and a chef on board for First Class passengers. “We chose Gatwick, London as the UK airport because of its convenience and good network and accessibility options into Europe and beyond," Satar added. The Jakarta – London direct flight is also expected to open up direct access from South East Asia to Europe and vice versa. In addition to the new London route, this year the airline will also open new Auckland and Brisbane routes. Garuda Indonesia has also expanded its flight network to Europe through codeshare agreements with other international airlines, including Etihad Airways, which enables passengers to fly into seven major cities across Europe. The Indonesian Ambassador to the UK, H.E Teuku Mohammad Hamzah Thayeb, has welcomed the initiative of Garuda Indonesia to resume the Jakarta – London route in the fourth quarter of 2013. “This route will certainly increase passenger and cargo traffic - not only between the two countries - but also from Europe to Indonesia and likewise in return. “With the increased business and tourism to Indonesia, it will not only help to improve the growth of the economy between Indonesia and UK, but also the overall relationship between the two countries,” said the Ambassador.
About Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia is the national airline for Indonesia, which serves flights to 33 domestic and 18 international destinations. This ‘Four Star’ airline currently operates 105 aircraft, consisting of the A330-200/300, B737-800NG, and Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen, and will operate 194 aircrafts by 2015, with an average age of 5.8 years. Garuda Indonesia introduced its distinctive 'Garuda Indonesia Experience', which is a service concept based on Indonesian hospitality and culture, in 2009. This award winning, unique service is based around the five human senses, prior, during and after a journey on one of Garuda Indonesia’s flights. Also, Garuda Indonesia is currently the only airline in the world that offers passengers an ‘Immigration on Board’ service. In July 2012, Garuda Indonesia was named as ‘The World's Best Regional Airline’ by SkyTrax, London, in an event at the Farnborough Air Show in London, England. Country factfile for Indonesia (Source: UKTI)
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