The Jakarta Post
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia commenced on Tuesday its London-Denpasar route as part of its attempt to meet the high demand of direct flights connecting the two cities.
The airline is operating a Boeing 777-300 ER with economy and business classes three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to a statement on Wednesday.
With the opening of the route, Garuda becomes the first airline to serve a direct flight from London to Bali, a major destination for foreign tourists, Garuda says, adding that it is an adjustment from the Jakarta-London-Jakarta route.
Garuda president director Ari Askhara said the opening of the route also aimed at increasing the occupancy rate of flights.
“It is part of our commitment to strengthen international flight networks, particularly by providing connection access directly from the major flight hubs in Indonesia from Jakarta and Bali to London Heathrow (LHR) Airport,” Ari said in the statement.
Statistics show the UK was the fourth-largest contributor of tourist arrivals after China, Australia and India.F
Flights depart from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang at 12.05 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at London Heathrow (LHR) International Airport at 8 p.m., local time, while the flight from London to Denpasar departs at 9:55 p.m., local time. (bbn)