Garuda Indonesia trims London flights, boosts Amsterdam

SkyTeam alliance member Garuda Indonesia will reduce its flights between Jakarta and London Gatwick in favour of additional flights to Amsterdam.

garudaFrom July 22, Garuda’s London services drop from five-times-weekly via Amsterdam to three-times-weekly, and retain the Dutch detour in each direction.

That’s also when the airline launches its newest route, Jakarta-Singapore-Amsterdam.

Running three days per week, this offers travellers a total of six weekly Amsterdam-bound flights – up from five at present – with the return leg from the Netherlands skipping the Singapore stopover to fly non-stop to Jakarta.


Flight schedule: Jakarta to London, Amsterdam

On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, Garuda’s Jakarta-Amsterdam-London flights (GA88) depart the Indonesian capital at 11:10pm to reach Amsterdam at 8:30am the following morning. After a two-hour transit, the onward flight pushes back at 10:30am and touches down in London at 10:35am local time.

Returning via Amsterdam on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays,GA89 is wheels-up from London at 12:25pm – arriving in Amsterdam at 2:45pm, continuing the journey at 4:45pm before landing in Jakarta at 11:50am the next morning.

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Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays see the Jakarta-Singapore-Amsterdam services also flying the GA88 banner, leaving Jakarta at 8:50pm, reaching Singapore at 11:50pm, continuing the journey at 1:30am and then touching down in Amsterdam at 8:30am local time one day after initially departing.

In reverse, the non-stop Amsterdam-Jakarta services take flight at 4:45pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays as GA89, with passengers disembarking at 11:50am the following calendar day.

The addition of Singapore on the Jakarta – Amsterdam service is part of Garuda Indonesia to develop the travel market from Singapore to Europe, as well as to offer a greater choice of travel to customers traveling to Europe from its Amsterdam hub.

Furthermore, with the addition of Singapore on the Jakarta – Amsterdam service, Garuda Indonesia hopes to enhance seat load factor and cargo volume on that particular route considering that Changi International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports, registering an average of 50 million passenger movements every year.

To serve the Jakarta – Singapore – Amsterdam – Jakarta and Jakarta – Amsterdam – London services, Garuda Indonesia operates a Boeing 777-300 ER with a capacity of 314 passengers in three flight classes; First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class. The fleet is equipped with “Inflight Connectivity” and “Live TV” available for all passengers, and the exclusive “Chef on Board” for “First Class” passengers to give maximum comfort on long-haul flights.

With “Inflight Connectivity”, passengers can still be connected to the internet and carry on with their business activities throughout the entire flight. Meanwhile, the availability of “Live TV” or live broadcast from six international channels, namely CNN International, BBC World, BBC Arabic, NHK World Premium, Euronews, and CNBC, passengers can watch live coverage programs, such as soccer matches on the available sports channel.

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