4 FEBRUARY 2013
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Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, is to reintroduce non-stop flights from Gatwick to Jakarta in the third quarter of 2013. Flight time will be 13 hours +.
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 £4.4bn was announced. This new direct route will boost business activities between the two countries and help towards meeting that bi-lateral trade commitment.
Gatwick’s Chief Executive Stewart Wingate said: “We 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. www.garuda-indonesia.com
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