Garuda Indonesia has revealed that it will start flying to London Heathrow Airport in March.
The national carrier currently operates three weekly flights to the UK capital’s Gatwick Airport, via Amsterdam, but effective 31 March 2016 it will switch to Heathrow and increase the frequency of the route to five flights per week.
The new service will mark the first non-stop connection between Indonesia and the UK, although the outbound flight from Jakarta will operate via Singapore.
“Making the move to Heathrow Airport has been an ambition of ours since joining SkyTeam in March 2014. Heathrow’s pivotal role in servicing the alliance’s 1,052 destinations makes it an ideal departure airport for our passengers. Flying non-stop direct to Jakarta means we will truly be the most efficient way to reach Indonesia from the UK,” said Jubi Prasetyo, Garuda’s general manager for the UK & Ireland.
Flights will operate every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Heathrow said the agreement with Garuda took six years to complete, and the airport still has a queue of 30 airlines waiting for slots.