Garuda… Back into London again?!! – Business Traveller


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  • I heard in departing with Garuda some weeks ago to Australia, that “We are negotiating to return”, from staff at LHR, after cancelling flights within a few weeks.

    I was searching for flights into Next year end Jan / Feb 2019 and they seem to be back.
    Schedules out of LHR – Tues, Thurs, Sat eve departures as before, coming up on Ebookers, also on Their own site?!! They no longer are featuring First Class…

    Seems rather precarious to make a booking with them, but they were excellent LHR- Jakarta on board, and truly unbeatable fares towards Australia. One of the few Decent Skyteam options towards Australia, But It is quite a mess this stop /start lack of reliability and consistency, and many cancelled itineraries for so many recently.
    Alex / BT- any inside information or official info from Garuda, or anyone with any insight?

    Mystery surrounds Garuda and its London plans.

    I too saw the news from Airline Route but I hesitated to write anything because I know from experience that this airline is apt to change its mind.

    Now today the media in Indonesia is talking about Garuda resuming its Jakarta-London service on, wait for it, November 15 … which is only *five days* away.

    Garuda’s MD is quoted as saying “We turn it on again because I see the market has grown.”

    The airline is now talking about flying Jakkarta-Singapore-London (as it was doing previously because of Jakarta’s weak runway) but returning London-Denpasar (Bali).

    But if Garuda were to start flying London-Denpasar (either non-stop or via Jakarta) it will continue to face intense competition from the Gulf airlines and Asian carriers such as SIA. The latter is known as Indonesia’s unofficial national airline judging by the number of services it operates between Singapore and Indonesia as a whole.

    Here’s the previous BTUK news piece re Garuda ceasing its London route. There was confusion during August when the airline changed its plans several times. One need only see the reader comments at the end to see what I mean.

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