After a decade of absence, an Air France Boeing 777-300 touched down on Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport runway July 10, marking the resumption of its Paris-Jakarta route via Singapore. The reopening of the route was triggered by the current Indonesian strong economic and tourism development coupled with the French flag carrier expanding network plan in Southeast Asia region.
“We want to support the Indonesian booming economy, that’s why we decided on top of the KLM daily flights, to add a daily Air France flight to Jakarta,” said Patrick Roux, Air France KLM senior vice president for Asia Pacific to the media July 11.
Angkasa noted, Air France ceased its service to Jakarta a decade ago following a merger with KLM, since then only serves the Paris-Singapore route, and the Europe-Indonesia flights are served by KLM from Amsterdam via Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta. Currently Air France-KLM links Indonesia with Europe daily, KLM connects the Amsterdam-Jakarta route via Kuala Lumpur and the Amsterdam-Denpasar flight via Singapore.
He further added, with resuming the Air France Paris-Jakarta services, passengers has the combination choice to fly from Europe to Indonesia (Jakarta and Denpasar, Bali). “They can fly from Amsterdam to Singapore (with KLM) and then connect the flight to Jakarta, or fly with Air France from Paris to Singapore and then connect to the KLM flight to Denpasar,” explained Roux.
According to Roux passenger traffic from Europe to Indonesia increase significantly, statistic data showed numbers of European air -pasengers to the country increased annually by 10 percent. Specifically on the Asia-Pacific region contributes around 25 percent to Air France’s long-haul flights.
He further stressed, ASEAN is the key region for the Air France-KLM which has nine destinations in ASEAN member countries serving with 90 flights daily. “In expanding the ASEAN market, we focus to cater business passengers and leisure passengers among others by introducing our new La Premier Suite class and Premium Economy class in our (Boeing 777-300) aircraft,” said Patrick Roux.
Beside Southeast Asia (ASEAN) as its third market with high potential growth, the two other main markets of Air France-KLM are Japan and China. “There is a touristic boom in Indonesia,” Roux futher added, one of the reason of reopening the route to Jakarta.
Angkasa further noted, the ASEAN market is huge comprising of more than 600 million populations, of which approximately 250 million are in Indonesia. The Central Statistics Agency data showed last year Indonesian carriers flew more than 68.7 million passengers, by 2025 the agency projected the number to reach around 300 million.
On the same day, Air France in expanding its network in Southeast Asia, signed a code share agreement with state-owned carrier Garuda Indonesia, enabling the French flag carrier to fly to Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java via Singapore. While Garuda flights from Amsterdam will be able to extend its services to Paris and Nantes, France. (ds)Author: