Gatwick has celebrated the inaugural flight to Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia – the national airline of Indonesia.
The opening of the London – Amsterdam – Jakarta route will offer passengers from the UK easier access to Indonesia and also to the Asia Pacific region, with the route connecting with Garuda Indonesia’s onward service to Australia.
Guy Stephenson, chief commercial officer at London Gatwick, said:
“Gatwick is pleased to welcome Garuda Indonesia today and we are delighted that the national flag carrier has chosen Gatwick as its link to London. The trade opportunities available between the UK and Indonesia are undeniable and new connections to dynamic markets in South East Asia are critical for UK PLC. The new Gatwick-Jakarta service introduces more competition on the routes currently available from the UK, ultimately benefitting passengers who now have more choice of how to connect to Indonesia and beyond.
“The start of services by Garuda Indonesia is another example of how Gatwick continues to open new long haul routes. A second runway would enable us to deliver more connections to both established and emerging markets for London and the UK. Gatwick is the obvious choice if growth is to be delivered quickly, offering UK businesses more certainty and ensuring London remains the best connected city in the world for air travel.”
Mr. Erik Meijer, executive vice president marketing and sales of Garuda Indonesia, said:
“Today’s launch is the next milestone in the international expansion of Garuda Indonesia. We’re delighted to be playing a key role in bringing Indonesia and the UK closer together both in terms of tourism and trade. Gatwick’s close proximity to London and great transport links are set to be key to the success of the new service.”