Garuda: London flights to be Terminated but Paris Could Come Online…

Indonesia, air transport, Garuda, Europe

Indonesia national carrier Garuda Indonesia will terminate its non-stop route Jakarta-London flight just a year after its introduction. But still dreams to add Paris as recently highlighted by 

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is due to cease all non-stop flights serving its Jakarta-London Heathrow route on Oct. 28, the airline has announced on its Twitter account. “With regret, we inform you that starting Oct. 28, Garuda Indonesia will no longer serve the non-stop London-Jakarta and Jakarta-London routes,” reported the Jakarta Post which looked at the airline’s account. The route was served three times a week using a Boeing 777-300ER.

Garuda also said it was coordinating with its partners to assist passengers who were affected by the service’s termination, including rerouting them on flights through Amsterdam and other alternative routes. “The London-Heathrow-Amsterdam-Jakarta route will continue to operate six times a week,” the airline tweeted. It also advised passengers seeking to reschedule or to cancel their flights to contact the agency or outlet where they originally purchased the tickets.

“For passengers who bought tickets through UK Garuda Indonesia website, please email to: e-booking@garuda-indonesia.com or call to 0062 212 3519999,” the post said.

However, new destinations to Europe are getting interest from the carrier. Last July, Sigit Muhartono, Cargo and International Trade Director indicated to the Indonesian publication Kompass.com that the airline was studying the launching of many new routes including a German destination and Paris. However, the latter is the most likely to come as a priority as it is an important hub for the rest of the European continent and it is also home to Garuda Indonesia European partner, Air France.

Sigit was mentioning in its conversation with Kompass that if the airline was expanding aggressively, it could start the flight by year-end. Which does not seem to be the case anymore…

The only novelty this winter is an increase for the Denpasar-Seoul route, which will be served on a daily basis instead of six weekly flights.