Many anglophile Indonesians were overjoyed when national carrier Garuda Indonesia started flying a direct route from London’s Heathrow to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta in March 2016. However, the dream of being able to fly directly back and forth between the Indonesian and English capitals has not yet quite been realized, as those flying from Jakarta to London currently still have to transit in Singapore.
That ends at the end of next month though, when Garuda launches a new, three-times-per-week direct flight from Soekarno-Hatta to Heathrow on October 31.
Boydike Kussudiarso, Garuda Indonesia’s general manager in the UK & Ireland, told Business Traveler, “Operating non-stop flights from Jakarta to London has been a significant goal of ours for many years, even more so since the new Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport – which opened just last year – became our home this May.”
“The new service will mean that we can offer the only non-stop links between the UK and Indonesia, making us a desirable airline for business and leisure travellers alike travelling between the two countries.”
The new Soekarno-Hatta to Heathrow direct flights are scheduled for every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, leaving Jakarta at 12:05pm and landing in London at 8pm. It will utilize the same B777-300ER as their London to Jakarta direct flights.