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 a 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.
“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.