Garuda Indonesia has announced that this year the airline will operate new domestic routes, boosting connectivity among Indonesia’s cities and destinations in this far flung archipelago, said Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia.
In this effort Garuda has made Medan, capital of North Sumatra its secondary hub. Starting 15 April, therefore, Garuda will launch its flights from Medan to Palembang (South Sumatra), Padang (West Sumatra) and Batam (Riau islands), while on 1 May, new flights will be from Medan to Pekanbaru (Riau) and Banda Aceh. In addition starting 1 June, Garuda will fly Medan-Penang in Malaysia.
The above flights departing from Medan will use the new Bombardier CRJ 1000 aircrafts with seating capacity for 96 passengers, 12 seats in Executive class, and 84 in Economy.
Moreover, new routes to be opened this year include : from Denpasar, Bali to Bandung (West Java), and Bali – Balikpapan (East Kalimantan). From Balikpapan flights will connect to Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan), Manado (North Sulawesi) and Berau (entry to Derawan in East Kalimantan). While from Jakarta, flights will be operated to Tanjung Pandan (Belitung), Bengkulu, and Tanjung Pinang (Bintan, Riau Islands). In addition there will also be Batam-Pekanbaru flights.
Meanwhile, international flights planned this year starting in Q2 are, besides the Medan-Penang flights, Bali-Brisbane in Australia, Bali-Bangkok, Thailand, Bali – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia andSurabaya-Singapore. In Q4 Garuda Indonesia plans to launch its Jakarta- London flights.
(Source : Bisnis Indonesia)
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