Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has launched their latest international service, offering flights to Amsterdam from Denpasar via a stop in Medan, North Sumatra and vice versa, a move the airline claims is part of an effort to meet the demands for more options in connectivity and flight schedules among international passengers.
For passengers who previously hold Jakarta-Amsterdam tickets, Garuda will fly them to Kualanamu [International Airport in North Sumatra] from Jakarta and then continue the journey to Amsterdam and vice versa.
The move was part of the airline’s commitment to tapping into demand from the Bali and Medan markets to access the Amsterdam service, as well as to develop Indonesian tourism through the two cities’ popular destinations.
The new service will be available six times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday using the Airbus A330-200, which can accommodate 36 business and 186 economy class passengers.
As one of the most congested hubs in the west part of Indonesia, Medan serves as a strategic option for Garuda Indonesia to offer a more varied flight connectivity to Amsterdam and vice versa, adding that Medan and Bali currently had at least 40 daily flights from and to Jakarta.
According to the schedule, the Bali-Medan-Amsterdam flight, or GA 088, will depart Ngurah Rai International Airport at 8:25 p.m. local time and arrive at Medan’s Kualanamu Airport at 11:15 p.m. local time. It will then leaves for Amsterdam at 11:55 p.m. and arrive at Schipol International Airport at 7:50 a.m. local time.
Meanwhile, the GA 089 return flight from Amsterdam will depart at 12:05 p.m., land in Medan at 6:25 a.m., take off for Bali at 7:05 a.m. and land at Ngurah Rai International Airport at 11:05 a.m.
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