After an eight-year hiatus, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has resumed its Jakarta-Taipei route.
“Through the reopening of this route, Garuda can hopefully bridge and increase trade and tourism between the two cities,” said Elisa Lumbantorian, Garuda’s executive vice president for marketing and sales in a press release. “Besides that, through a code share with China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia users will be able to continue their flights to several other destinations such as San Fransisco and Los Angeles.”
Garuda, which dropped the Taipei route in 2004, will serve the resumed circuit with a B737-800NG which has 156 seats, 12 of them in business class, according to the press release.
Elisa, who symbolically saw off the first flight serving the route at the Soekarno-Hatta international airport late on Thursday, said that the daily flight leaves Jakarta at 11:45 p.m. and arrives in Taipei at 6:15 a.m; the flight leaves for Jakarta again at 9:50 a.m and arrives in Jakarta at 2:10 p.m.
Elisa said that the reopening of the route was part of the airline’s expansion of services and networks. Garuda last month opened a new route linking Denpasar in Bali to Haneda in Japan.
Domestically, Garuda also opened the Bandung-Surabaya route in February, and stepped up the frequency of flights linking Jakarta and Pekanbaru from one to six daily flights. The Jakarta-Batam route also saw one additional daily flight, bringing it to five flights a day.
Garuda is also scheduled to receive 21 new aircraft this year. The new arrivals will bring the airline’s fleet to 105 aircraft with an average age of 5.8 years.
In 2015, the fleet will have 194 aircraft.