IN PICTURES: Garuda Indonesia welcomed to Heathrow!
Last night Heathrow welcomed back Garuda Indonesia with their first flight from Jakarta! Traditional Indonesian dancers and Liverpool FC legends Ian Rush and Gary McAllister were on hand to help us celebrate!
Garuda Indonesia will now operate a 5-time weekly service direct to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
We’ve covered their arrival in pictures below.
— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) March 31, 2016
Six years in the making…
Because Heathrow is full, slot availability for long-haul routes is rare. The agreement with Garuda Indonesia took six years to come to fruition, and Heathrow currently has a queue of thirty airlines waiting for slots.
Although some long-haul airlines have attempted to operate from point-to-point airports, many more have instead opted to base their operations at hubs abroad. Last year alone, the UK’s hub competitors grew their long haul seats at almost twice the rate of Heathrow.
More about Jakarta and Indonesia…
As the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is a city of everything. Frantic nightlife and entertainment, exciting traditional markets, luxurious and complete shopping centers, a variety of international and Indonesian food, including Dutch historical sites to the cultural community activities that offers unique and interesting experience, that awaits you, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week!
While Jakarta features developing modern infrastructure and the country’s largest international airport, cities such as Medan (population 2.1 million), Surabaya (2.8 million) and Bandung (2.5 million) are also rapidly developing.
With a population of almost 250 million people and Gross Domestic Product growth at around 4.5% currently – it’s clear the country presents large business opportunities.
To see Garuda Indonesia’s celebratory launch airfares, click here.