Indonesia’s national airline was intending to relaunch its London Heathrow to Jakarta route at the end of this month.
But now it appears the route launch will be delayed.
According to Airlineroute today the start date has been delayed from November 27 to December 6.
When Business Traveller checked the carrier’s website a few minutes ago we were only offered availability via Amsterdam.
No direct/non-stop flights between London and Jakarta were displayed on many dates until almost mid-December.
Surely all flights could not have been fully-booked in all classes ?
In truth I personally had my doubts that the route could be relaunched on schedule.
I have decades of experience with how aviation works and I have never known any airline to cancel a route only to restart it days later and with a lead-in time of only a few weeks.
And in this case we are not talking about a humble domestic route.
This is a long-haul service which involves having to overfly numerous countries en route let alone the fact that London Heathrow is one of the world’s busiest airports where terminal space is at a premium (presumably Garuda’s landing slots are still vacant).
We have contacted Garuda for comment and will post more information as and when it is available.