Garuda Indonesia (Jakarta) is expanding into China. The flag carrier made this announcement:
As part of its continuous network expansion program, particularly of the Chinese market, Garuda Indonesia on Sunday, November 22, officially launched a direct flight from Denpasar to Guangzhou, China and return.
Garuda Indonesia flies the Denpasar – Guangzhou (GA 896) route three (3) times a week, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with a departure from Denpasar scheduled at 23:45 WITA and arriving in Guangzhou at 05:00 LT (local time). Meanwhile, the Guangzhou – Denpasar route (GA 897) is flown every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Departure time from Guangzhou is at 06:15 LT and arrives in Denpasar at 12:00 WITA. On this new route, Garuda operates a Boeing 737-800 NG with a capacity of 12 passengers in business class and 150 passengers in economy class.
Garuda Indonesia’s Director of Services, Nicodemus P. Lampe said that the Denpasar – Guangzhou vv service is part of the airlines network expansion strategy, especially to China. China is a very important market for Garuda Indonesia and the Airline will continue to develop services to this country, explained Nicodemus.
With the launching of this new Denpasar Guangzhou service, Garuda now flies to China 24 times a week, to Shanghai – Jakarta vv (7 times), Beijing – Jakarta vv (4 times), Beijing – Denpasar vv (3 times), Guangzhou – Jakarta vv (7 times) and the newest service, Denpasar – Guangzhou Denpasar vv (3 times), added Nicodemus.
Now, more than ever, Garuda Indonesia is ready to cash in on the huge potential Chinese market, as Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia between January-August 2015 reached 489,233 tourists or an increase of 25.56 percent compared to the same period in 2014, which only reached 389,627 tourists, added Nicodemus.
Apart from flying to Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, Garuda Indonesia also flies 21 times a week to Hong Kong, including Hong Kong – Jakarta vv (14 times) and Hong Kong – Denpasar vv (7 times).
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8U3 WL PK-GMG (msn 30141) prepares to taxi from the gate at Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali.
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