Garuda Indonesia is set to launch a direct flight between Jakarta and Amsterdam on May 30, which will be connected with the airline’s new service to Gatwick in September.
Following its entrance into the SkyTeam global airline alliance on March 5, the airline is making a number of changes including the decision to make Amsterdam its hub for Europe and beyond.
The airline will serve the Jakarta to Amsterdam route, which will be the first commercial non-stop flight between Indonesia and the Netherlands, using its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The new service will shorten passengers’ travel time from Jakarta to Amsterdam and vice versa to less than 14 hours.
Emirsyah Satar, president and CEO of the airline, said: “Following Garuda’s official joining of SkyTeam, the opportunities presented by the established SkyTeam hub at Amsterdam are too significant to pass up, as it will be an alternative gateway for passengers who wish to travel beyond Europe. They will be able to choose from 1,064 destinations in 178 countries served by SkyTeam member airlines.”
London will also be served through the Amsterdam hub from September 8, with the route being Jakarta – Amsterdam – London – Amsterdam – Jakarta.
The airline will be operating both Jakarta-Amsterdam and Jakarta – Amsterdam – London routes five times weekly with the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which will feature a three-class cabin configuration.