• Garuda Boosts Aircraft Utility, Ready to Add 30 Routes

    JAKARTA – PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk will add 30 new routes this year to boost aircraft utility.

    Garuda Indonesia Corporate Communication VP Ikhsan Rosan said the route that will be added includes domestic and international channels.

    However, he is reluctant to specify which areas will be encroached by adding routes. What is clear, Garuda target new routes are classified as full of passengers.

    “This is related to the slot, which must be two routes to China, Zhengzhou-Denpasar (PP) and Xi’an-Denpasar (PP),” he explained at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Banten, Sunday (7/1/2018).

    Ikhsan acknowledged, China has become one of the company’s focus because of the potential market is tempting.

    Ikhsan said, every year, 120 million Chinese citizens travel abroad. Of this amount, the visit to Indonesia only reached the range of one million so there is room for growth that can still be worked on.

    According to Ikhsan, the addition of two routes to China to make the Garuda network to touch the five cities in the Bamboo Curtain country.

    As for the route Zhengzhou-Denpasar (PP) and Xi’an-Denpasar (PP), Garuda fly 5 times a week.

    In the country, Garuda is aiming for additional new routes to Eastern Indonesia (KTI). Garuda will also work on routes to satellite cities that feed the hunter-cities (hubs) such as Medan and Makassar.

    Ikhsan believes the addition of routes and additional frequencies will boost Garuda’s fleet utility. As of November 2017, Garuda’s aircraft utilities reached 10 hours 19 minutes, increasing from 9 hours 39 minutes in the 2016 period.

    Ikhsan describes, Garuda print flight frequency in the range of 600 times per day from the total fleet of 144.

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    Sources: http://industri.bisnis.com/read/20180107/98/723972/garuda-genjot-utilitas-pesawat-siap-tambah-30-rute
    Translated by Aryaputra PandeBIC

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