Garuda Indonesia has announced that from December 12, 2016 the airline will officially open a new service from Mumbai to Jakarta (via Bangkok). This latest route from Indonesia’s biggest airline is indicative of their efforts to strengthen the Garuda Indonesia flight network and reach the ambitious government targets designed to increase tourist visits between the two countries.
The service is scheduled to operate three times per week, using a fleet of Boeing 737-800s with a capacity of 156 seating (12 business class and 144 economy class).
The city of Mumbai is an economic powerhouse and a centre of population growth in India, where an emerging middle class is becoming one of the world’s fastest growing tourism consumer markets. Mumbai had the highest GDP of any city in South Asia, West and Central in fiscal year 2016.
Garuda’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Benny S. Butarbutar said that the new Mumbai-Jakarta flight is expected to provide easier access for the many people in India who want to travel to Indonesia, particularly to Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Medan.
“Now people in India can easily access the flights to Indonesia via Jakarta. We are confident the Jakarta – Mumbai flight opens a market for us with great potential, “added Benny.
Indian tourists arrivals to Indonesia in 2015 reached 270,000 people. By the end of 2016 that number is set to reach 350,000. With the number of Indian tourists continuing to increase year on year, the sky is the limit for how many new arrivals can be expected via Garuda’s newest service.