Garuda Indonesia has chosen Gatwick to operate
direct flights between London and Jakarta.
From Q4 2013 travellers
will be able to fly direct between Indonesia and the UK six times
Garuda Indonesia will operate the route with Boeing
777-300 Extended Range aircraft capable of carrying over 300
passengers, and will feature Wi-Fi and even a chef on board for
First Class passengers.
The UK is now one of the largest markets
to Indonesia with 160,000 people currently travelling to the
region on business and leisure.
Indonesia is an increasingly important market for the UK.
Bi-lateral trade is growing and in April 2012, during Prime
Minister David Cameron’s visit to Indonesia, a partnership
commitment to double trade (goods and services) by 2015 to £4.4
billion was announced. This new direct route will boost business
activities between the two countries and help towards meeting that
bi-lateral trade commitment.
Prime Minister David
Cameron said, “We want to link Britain up with the world's fastest
growing economies. And good air links are a vital to achieving
that. This new route from London to Jakarta is good for British
business and will help them to compete in the global race.”
Gatwick’s Chief Executive Stewart Wingate,
are delighted that Garuda Indonesia has chosen Gatwick to operate
this vital direct route. Despite being a crucial high growth
business market for the UK, Indonesia has been underserved with no
direct routes to the region from the UK – until now. Jakarta is
also a major hub airport for South East Asia, giving UK passengers
even more access and choice to the region ... We look forward
to welcoming Garuda Indonesia later this year.”
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