Saturday, 20 April 2013

Garuda launch London-Jakarta route

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Garuda launch London-Jakarta route

A new London–Jakarta service from November 2 will be aimed at the ‘kangaroo route’ between Australia and the UK, challenging alternative routes from Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Emirates.

Flights from London Gatwick’s redeveloped South Terminal will fly five times a week on the airline’s new B777-300ERs, which will fly on to Sydney, while streamlined connections from Perth and Melbourne will also feed the Jakarta-London leg.

From Jakarta (CGK) the service to London will take off at 12.55am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, touching down at 8.30am on the next day.

Flights from Gatwick (LGW) will leave at 8.30am and land in Jakarta at 6.15am the next day.

But a schedule overhaul will enable Australian passengers to fly the service to London with a maximum stopover in Jakarta of 3.5 hours, said the carrier.

Flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth have been adjusted for more convenient onward flight, said Garuda.

A B777-300 will fly from Sydney five times a week, while connecting flights from Melbourne will leave four times a week and from Perth five times weekly.

Bagus Y. Siregar, vice president for Garuda Indonesia Australia and SWP, said the flights are timed so Australians can arrive in London in the morning.

"To make our customers’ busy lives even easier, we’ve updated our flights departing Australia so that we’re able to offer an exceptionally convenient option for travel to one of Europe’s major hubs, London," he said.

"From November, passengers will leave Australia in the evening and relax through the night, before arriving in London in the morning."

While Singapore Airlines flies from Australia to London via Singapore, Qantas has tied up with Emirates to funnel kangaroo route traffic through Dubai.


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