Now Boarding: First Non-Stop Flight Between Jakarta and London

National carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced the launch of the fist-ever direct, non-stop flight between Jakarta and Amsterdam, which will be flown on its new Boeing 777-300 aircraft. From May 30, Garuda will provide the most convenient way for passengers travelling between the two cities, shortening the travel time to less than 14 hours.

The new route follows on the heels of the airline’s entrance into the SkyTeam global airline alliance on March 5, which gives it access to the established SkyTeam hub in Amsterdam. EmirsyahSatar, President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, noted that the partnership and the new route will give passengers greater access to a wider variety of destinations. “Following Garuda’s official joining of the SkyTeam, the opportunities presented by the established SkyTeam hub at Amsterdam are too significant to pass up, as it will be an alternative gateway for passengers who wish to travel beyond Europe. They will be able to choose from 1,064 destinations in 178 countries served by the SkyTeam member airlines.”

The non-stop Jakarta-Amsterdam route will soon also allow passengers to connect to the UK. From September 8, the route will be extended so that the full route is Jakarta – Amsterdam – London – Amsterdam – Jakarta. The delayed inception of the route to London is due to the peak summer season, which meant that Garuda was unable to get take-off and landing slots at Gatwick airport.

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