Gatwick to Jakarta flights announced

Gatwick is to become the first UK airport to gain direct flights to Jakarta.

The new flights, which will be operated by Indonesian national airline, Garuda Indonesia, will launch in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Flights will operate six times per week using a Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft capable of carrying more than 300 passengers.

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.

“Whilst the UK is one of the best-connected countries in the world, we do need more direct links to key markets such as Indonesia. At Gatwick, we’re playing our part by investing in the airport and, with our airlines, opening new routes to growing economies such as China, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam and now Indonesia. We look forward to welcoming Garuda Indonesia later this year.”

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