Garuda to return to European skies

19 Oct 2009 by AndrewGough

As first reported on our sister Asia Pacific website (see online news July 6), Garuda Indonesia has confirmed it is to return to Europe next year when it resumes its Jakarta-Amsterdam service,

The re-opening of the Amsterdam route is the first of several European services being planned by Indonesia’s national carrier, with Jakarta-London Heathrow expected to begin in 2011.

Garuda stopped services to the Dutch capital in 2004 after failing to meet European safety standards thereby banning it from operating in any EU country. But in July the European Union Air Safety Committee recommended the ban on Garuda and three other Indonesia carriers be lifted.

From June 1 2010, Garuda flight GA88 will fly daily from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International at 2100 local time, arriving in Amsterdam Schiphol at 0800 the next day with an hour-long stopover in Dubai. The return flight GA89 will leave Amsterdam at 1000 and arrive in Jakarta at 0710, again stopping in Dubai.

The route will be served by a 222-seat A330-200 aircraft configured for 36 passengers in business class and 186 in economy.

Garuda is not yet taking reservations for the flight and ticket prices have not been released, but the carrier is likely to come up against stiff competition from airlines already established on the route including Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa.

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Report by Andrew Gough

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