Garuda Indonesia Boosts Frequency of Flights to China

Garuda Indonesia is planning for its winter schedule to add more flights and boost frequencies from Indonesia to China PRC as Chinese tourist arrivals continue to grow sharply. From January to July, total arrivals from China PRC grew by 24.1% to reach 831,578. China’s market share in total inbound visitors’  grew from 11.4% in 2015 to 13.1% in 2016 (period of January to July in both cases).

China is now almost on par with Singapore. During the first seven months of 2016, total arrivals to Indonesia from the City Island reached 839,000, down by 2.5%. By the end of the year, China will be the largest source market for Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia consequently follows the market’s evolution and is adding capacities between Indonesia and China for this coming winter season. The airline flies eight routes from both Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) to mainland China and Hong Kong.

Planned changes for winter 2016/17 season will be the following, according to Garuda latest schedules (mid-September 2016):
Denpasar – Beijing : Two-class Boeing 777-300ER replaces Airbus A330-300 with four weekly frequencies
Denpasar – Guangzhou: Capacity and frequency increase, from three weekly flights in Boeing B737-800 to one daily flight in two-class Airbus A330-300
Denpasar – Shanghai Pudong 2-class Boeing 777-300ER replaces Airbus A330-300, three weekly frequencies.
Jakarta – Beijing Increase from three to four weekly frequencies with a two-class Airbus A330-300
Jakarta – Hong Kong GA860/863 Airbus A330-300 replaces the Airbus A330-200. Daily flight.
Jakarta – Shanghai Pudong Airbus A330-300 continues to operate daily, replacing a previously planned Boeing 777-300ER

In total, Garuda Indonesia will offer this winter per month 49,900 seats (base November 2016) compared to 40,100 seats in 2015 (base November). This represents an increase of 24.4%, matching closely the growth of Chinese visitors. The Indonesian national carier offers the largest capacities on the routes from Jakarta to Hong Kong (12,000 seats/month or 24% of the total seats capacity), followed by  Jakarta-Shanghai (10,000 seats/month or 20.5% share) and Denpasar-Hong Kong (8,600 seats/month or 17% share).