Be sure to mark September 8 in your diary! Garuda Indonesia has confirmed that it will launch its highly anticipated Jakarta–Amsterdam–London Gatwick service next month.
As previously reported by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific (see here), Indonesia’s flag carrier had planned to launch the London via Amsterdam route on May 30 – when it first began direct services to the capital of the Netherlands. However, the Amsterdam–London leg was postponed when Garuda was unable to secure ideal slot timings at Gatwick over the summer period. The service was tentatively rescheduled for September, which has now been confirmed.
Flights will be served with a B777-300ER, which features a three-class configuration with eight seats in first class, 38 in business and 268 in economy — on the five-times weekly route. To view a seatplan, see here.
Timings for the Jakarta–Amsterdam leg will remain unchanged with flight GA088 departing Jakarta at 0040, and arriving in Amsterdam at 0940. Following a short layover, the plane will take off again at 1155 to land in London at 1200.
Meanwhile, the return service will see flight GA089 leave London Gatwick at 1310, before arriving in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 1515. It will then depart again at 1700 and finally land in Jakarta at 1140 the following day.
Emirsyah Satar, Garuda's president and chief executive, said: "The opening of the London to Jakarta service will support economic activities between Indonesia and the UK, in light of the growing trade transaction between the countries each year."