The Indonesian National Flag Carrier, Garuda Indonesia, commenced direct flight operations between Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) and London on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
The thrice-weekly service flies direct from Jakarta to London and then returns from London to Denpasar. Garuda will provide short connecting times between Denpasar and Jakarta and Jakarta and Denpasar flights that take approximately 1.5 hours.
The CEO of Garuda Indonesia, I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra, said the new Bali-London service was the Airline’s response to market demand. “The opening of the direct flight represents part of Garuda’s continuing commitment to strengthen its international flight network, especially by providing direct connections between London’s Heathrow Airport with Jakarta and Bali,” said Danadiputra.
Arrival statistics for 2018 show the U.K visitors to Bali now occupy the 4th largest source of foreign visitors to Bali with 270,960 visitors – an increase 165% over UK arrivals to Bali in 2017.
Danadiputra said he is very optimistic that the direct flights Jakarta-London-Denpasar will enhance the number of UK tourist traveling to Indonesia while also increasing Garuda Indonesia’s international market share.
The new Jakarta-London-Denpasar route leaves Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 12:05 pm arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport at 8:00 pm local time on the same day. The return leg London Denpasar leaves Heathrow at 9:55 pm arriving at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport at 9:15 pm local time the next day.
The direct service uses a Boeing 777-300 ER in an economy and business class configuration operating three times a week from Indonesia on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has been ranked number one for On-Time Performance (OTP) among global airlines in the Asia Pacific region from October to December 2018, according to United Kingdom-based air travel intelligence company OAG.
OAG reported that Garuda recorded an OTP arrival rate of 89.9 percent in December, with over 15,000 flights. From September to November, Garuda was also in the top five among global airlines with more than 10,000 flights.
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State-run airliner Garuda Indonesia is set to reopen its Jakarta – London route on November 15, 2018, but would almost certainly reroute it into becoming a direct flight from London to Denpasar, Bali.
“We opened the flight again after seeing the market growth, however, we will continue to review the structure cost,” said Garuda Indonesia President Director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra today, Nov. 10.
The structure cost he refers to would be applied by changing the fleet from Boeing 777 to Airbus 330-300. Previous Garuda Indonesia fleets were said to be costly and lacked the full payload capacity at Soekarno-Hatta airport.
Garuda closed its Jakarta-London flight route at the end of October this year after being hampered by financial losses caused by the flight’s low number of passengers that saw a full payload capacity of 60-70 percent at its best.