JAKARTA – Along with the inauguration of Silangit Airport in North Tapanuli as an international airport, PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. officially opened the Silangit-Singapore route.
President Director of PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. Pahala N Mansury said the Silangit-Singapore flight will officially commence October 28, 2017.
This flight uses the Bombardier CRJ 1000 aircraft with a capacity of 96 people.
This is an effort of GIAA-coded airlines to support government efforts and commitments in developing the potential of Lake Toba as an international tourism destination.
Not only that, the opening of this route is done because Garuda Indonesia wants to develop the aviation network and increase connectivity between regions with the potential of tourism and a promising economy. Moreover, direct flight access from Singapore is known as one of the busiest economic centers in Southeast Asia.
“We expect to increase the contribution of Garuda to increase tourism and economic growth of Silangit and surrounding areas as international tourism destinations,” he said through a press release on Wednesday (18/10/2017).
Since March 2016, Garuda Indonesia has operated a direct Jakarta – Silangit flight which is served by Bombardier CRJ 1000 once a day.
Frequency Increase to Melbourne
In addition to expanding direct flights to Singapore via Silangit, GIAA will also increase the flight route of Denpasar – Melbourne (vv) from seven times to eight times per week.
The addition of frequency to meet the growing market demand between Australia and Indonesia, especially Melbourne – Denpasar and vice versa.
The additional flight frequency will take effect from 15 December 2017.
Director of Marketing and Information Technology Garuda Indonesia, Nina Sulistyowati said that the addition of flight frequency of Denpasar – Melbourne route is a strategy to encourage the promotion of national tourism industry, especially Bali tourism and destinations around Bali.
“Our hope is that the additional flight frequency will be able to accommodate the increasing number of Australian tourists from Melbourne and Australia,” said Nina.
Additional flight frequency Jakarta – Melbourne vv is operated every Friday, with departure from Denpasar at 09.00 WITA, arriving in Melbourne at 16.35 LT.
Then the plane departed from Melbourne at 18.00 LT, and arrived in Jakarta at 22.10 WITA.
Currently Garuda Indonesia serves 34 flights from Indonesia to Australia covering Jakarta-Melbourne (4 times a week), Jakarta-Sydney (5 times a week), Jakarta-Perth (4 times a week), Denpasar-Perth (7 times a week), Denpasar- Sydney (7 times a week) and Denpasar-Melbourne (7 times a week).
All flights, except Jakarta – Perth, use Airbus 330-200 / 300 aircraft with a capacity of 287 places. The Jakarta-Perth route currently uses Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with a capacity of 162 seats.