Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, plans to increase the current daily flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta to twice daily in November.
In a statement, Garuda said this was part of a plan to expand its services across South-East Asia by increasing its frequency and capacity to Jakarta and Bali from key regional markets.
It said, in Thailand, the airline would increase its flights from thrice-weekly to a daily service from Oct 25, operating non-stop from Bangkok to Jakarta on Boeing 737NG aircraft.
The Singapore-Jakarta route will also see an increase in frequency to nine flights a day from the current seven, it said.
The airline said in February next year, it would start a daily service from Hong Kong to Bali from its current four weekly flights and daily from Hong Kong to Surabaya from its current three weekly flights.
"This expansion is in line with Garuda’s five-year ’Quantum Leap’ strategy to increase the number of international departures by more than 300 percent to 1,222 a week by 2014," said Iswandi Said, the airline’s senior general manager for Asia, Europe & Middle East.
He said the airline recently introduced a new service concept, the ’Garuda Indonesia experience’ on its regional flights which combined Indonesian hospitality with quality service that emphasised safety and comfort.
The airline also said beginning this month, it would operate its new 222-seater A330-200 aircraft from Singapore and Hong Kong to Jakarta which featured the airline’s new ’Nature’s Wing’ livery, signature interior and upgraded on-board service.