Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to open direct flights from Batam
to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to facilitate Muslims wishing to perform
umroh (a religious pilgrimage).
Garuda Indonesia's general manager
in Batam, Dewa Suastika, said Friday that the airline was targeting
umroh pilgrims from Sumatra, who mostly depart for Jeddah from
The airline will open routes connecting
Batam, Medan and Pekanbaru, all in Sumatra, in April. “Nowadays, more
Muslims perform umroh. We want them to be able to depart directly from
Batam instead of Singapore,” Dewa told The Jakarta Post.
Dewa, however, did not reveal the launch date for the Batam-Jeddah route. “We hope to introduce it this year.”
In Batam, around 500 people perform umroh every month. (lfr)