The recent celebration of Garuda 50th anniversary in Singapore was an opportunity for Indonesia national carrier to announce the launching of a new service out of Changi Airport. Singapore is Garuda largest operation outside Indonesia as it was stressed by Garuda Director of Commercial Affairs, Tbk. Handayani.
“Southeast Asia is a very important region for Garuda Indonesia, while Singapore in particular is a key growth market. Garuda Indonesia’s flights in the Jakarta-Singapore route have played an important role in improving economic ties as well as cultural exchanges between the two countries. Today, just as half a century ago, Singapore remains a partner in growth as well as an important market for Garuda Indonesia.”
The Jakarta-Singapore route is one of the most important and busiest routes in Garuda Indonesia’s network. Over the last 50 years, Garuda Indonesia has carried 32 million passengers, with around 8.2 million passengers over the last 10 years. Overall, passenger traffic between Singapore and Jakarta grew by 9.4 percent last year.
The Indonesian carrier serves Singapore with 10 daily flights, making the carrier the leading airline for the route. Garuda currently operates over 90 weekly direct flights from Singapore to four destinations; Jakarta but also Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya and Amsterdam. Further capitalizing on its operation in Singapore, the airline will launch non-stop flights to London Heathrow from March 31, 2016.The new service will be Jakarta-Singapore-London Heathrow. Flights will arrive and depart from Terminal 4, which serves as a base for the Skyteam Alliance to which Garuda Indonesia belongs. The route will be served five times a week.
In parallel to the new route announcement, Garuda Indonesia officially launched its Wonderful Indonesia Travel Pass in an effort to promote Indonesia’s tourist destinations. The pass provides affordable prices and flexibility for travellers who want to visit the archipelago. The pass is declined in three themes:
- Underwater Pass that offers the most beautiful underwater destinations such as: Denpasar, Lombok, Semarang, Labuan Bajo, Manado, Sorong, Berau, Ambon, Ternate, Bau-bau, Saumlaki, and Sabang.
- Heritage Pass that offers the most culturally rich destinations such as Jogjakarta, Solo, Semarang, Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Bandung, Denpasar, Tambolaka, Padang, Gunung Sitoli, and Makassar.
- Adventure Pass that offers the most adventurous yet beautiful destinations such as Denpasar, Lombok, Labuan Bajo, Gunung Sitoli, Ternate, Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Sumbawa, Medan, Padang, Sorong, and Bandung.