Garuda goes for nonstop link to Amsterdam

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Garuda Indonesia will commence a nonstop Jakarta-Amsterdam service on 30 May, replacing the existing Jakarta-Abu Dhabi-Amsterdam service.

The nonstop service will be operated five times weekly, using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Services to Abu Dhabi will also end on the same date, says Garuda's spokesman. This leaves Etihad Airways as the sole operator on the Jakarta-Abu Dhabi route.

Garuda’s planned Jakarta-London Gatwick service scheduled to begin in May will instead, be launched on 8 September, as an extension of the Jakarta-Amsterdam service. Frequencies to London will remain at five times weekly.

“Due to the peak season in the summer and this recent change in plans, Garuda Indonesia has not yet been able to get the slots for landing and take-off at London Gatwick airport for these revised timings. Therefore, Garuda Indonesia has decided to postpone its flights from and to London from May 2014 until September 2014, in order for the airline to offer passengers the ideal flight schedule from Amsterdam to London,” it adds.

Flightgloal’s FlightMaps Analytics shows that Garuda will be the only operator on the nonstop Jakarta-Amsterdam route, while KLM serves Jakarta from Amsterdam via Kuala Lumpur.