Garuda Indonesia will start direct services from London Heathrow to Jakarta, Indonesia from March 31.
Indonesia’s national airline will discontinue its three-times weekly service from Gatwick to Jakarta to launch its new five-times weekly service from Heathrow – in order “to take advantage of Heathrow’s unique offering as a global hub for transferring passengers,” as well giving UK passengers more flight options.
The Skyteam airline will deploy Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to operate the five weekly departures to Jakarta. Flights to Jarkarta will also no longer stop at Amsterdam, with the move to Heathrow enabling Garuda to fly direct from London for the first time, although the outbound flight from Jakarta will operate via Singapore.
Flights will operate every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Due to slot availability at Heathrow, the agreement with Garuda Indonesia took six years to come to fruition, while Heathrow currently has a queue of thirty airlines waiting for slots.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “We are delighted to welcome Garuda Indonesia to Heathrow, securing a regular direct service to one of the largest growth economies in the world. As the UK’s only hub, Heathrow is able to support regular direct flights to 75 long haul destinations not served by any other UK airport.”
Jubi Prasetyo, Garuda Indonesia General Manager UK & Ireland, said, “Making the move to Heathrow Airport has been an ambition of ours since joining SkyTeam in March 2014. Heathrow’s pivotal role in servicing the alliance’s 1,052 destinations makes it an ideal departure airport for our passengers. Flying non-stop direct to Jakarta means we will truly be the most efficient way to reach Indonesia from the UK.”