Garuda to resume Brisbane flights
Garuda Indonesia will reintroduce flights to Brisbane next year, following a five year break.
From August 2013, the national carrier will operate six weekly flights between Jakarta and Brisbane, via Bali, using a 156-seat, two-class Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
“Australian travel to Indonesia is growing every year, with a 20% increase in passenger numbers in the first half of this year on the same period in 2011. We have also seen a significant growth in demand in Queensland, particularly in the leisure sector,” said Bagus Y Siregar, Garuda’s vice president for Ausralia. “We’re very excited to be able to offer our Queensland customers the opportunity to fly direct to Indonesia.”
The Brisbane launch forms part of a major expansion planned by Garuda in 2013. Next year the airline will take delivery of 24 new aircraft – four B777-300ERs, 10 B737-800s, two Airbus A330-200, one A330-300 and seven Bombardier CRJ-1000s – allowing it to expand its domestic and international networks.