Garuda Announces Gatwick Link

Garuda Indonesia, the national airline for Indonesia, has announced that it has chosen Gatwick to operate direct flights between London and Jakarta.  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).
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,” Mr Satar added.
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.