Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia May this month introduce two new direct-flights from Medan, North Sumatra Kuala Namu International Airport to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 1st May and on 30th May direct non-stop flights from Jakarta to Amsterdam.
“The flights from Kuala Namu (Medan) to Jeddah, will be served by Boeing 747-400 aircraft three days a week,” said Dony Widojoko, Vice President Domestic Regional I Sumatra as quoted by Antara April 7.
He further said, the jumbojet 747 with capacity of 454 passengers (21 in Executive Class and 433 in Economy Class) will fly from South Sulawesi capital, Makassar and transit at Kuala Namu to take passengers from Medan bound for Jeddah.
Dony Widojoko stressed that the available seats will be fill up by big number of Indonesian traveling to Mecca for minor pilgrimage from South Sulawesi and North Sumatra provinces.
Angkasa noted, prior to the Medan-Jeddah flights, Garuda Indonesia April 13 has introduced direct flights from East Java capital Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport to Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport. The four weekly flights Surabaya-Jeddah are served by jumbojet Boeing 747-400 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
With its new direct flight to Jeddah, currently Garuda serves Jeddah from four big cities of the country, from Jakarta (13 flights weekly), Surabaya ( four flights), Makassar and Medan respectively each with three flights weekly.
“Starting May 30, Garuda will fly from Jakarta to Amsterdam nonstop,” said Garuda Marketing and Sales Director Erik Meijer as quoted by Antara April 7 at the 2014 Garuda International Travel Fair.
He said the direct nonstop fligth would be the only international route directly connecting the two cities.
Erik Meijer added, the flight will be extended to London’s Gatswick Airport in the UK on Sept. 8 using its brand new wide-body Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft.
President Director Emirsyah Satar earlier on April 2 said, to develop and strengthen Garuda international network by opening a number of international destination among other linking Jakarta to London, Manila and Mumbai this year.
While in the domestic routes, May this month Garuda’s turboprop ATR-600 to serving the Surabaya-Banyuwangi Blimbingan Airport in East Java in strengthening its domestic services.
Using the same 70-seater ATR-600 aircraft, Garuda in June to introduce the Surabaya-Jember route, another city in southern part of East Java.
“We hope to operate in June by pioneering the Surabaya-Jember flight route,” Erik Meijer said and further added, Garuda currently waiting for Notohadinegoro Airport Jember to finalize its preparations to accomadate the flights.
“The Surabaya-Jember route will be eventually include a third destinations, Denpasar, Bali. We want to connect people in Jember to two cities (Surabaya and Denpasar, Bali),” he said. (ds)