London Gatwick celebrates inaugural flight to Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia
08 September 2014
London Gatwick has celebrated the inaugural flight to Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia – the national airline of Indonesia. From today, passengers have more choice of how to travel between London and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with five flights a week from Gatwick.
Since being sold in 2009 to break up the BAA monopoly, Gatwick has taken great strides in attracting long haul routes to emerging markets, which has in-turn provided competition and more affordable fares for passengers.
The route is another demonstration of Gatwick’s growing long haul network, which now includes a variety of connections to established and high growth or emerging markets around the world.
Gatwick already has strong ties with the UK’s biggest trading partner – Europe – and serves 46 of the top 50 EU business destinations. This is complimented by links further afield to over 40 long haul destinations including key US cities such as New York and Los Angeles, alongside Moscow and the UK’s only direct services to Vietnam.
Indonesia is an increasingly important market for the UK. Bi-lateral trade is growing and, during Prime Minister David Cameron’s last visit to Indonesia, a partnership commitment to double trade (goods & services) by 2015 to £4.4 billion was announced. This new route will support business activities between the two countries and help meet that bi-lateral trade commitment.
The opening of the London – Amsterdam – Jakarta route will offer passengers from the UK easier access to Indonesia and also to the Asia Pacific region, with the route connecting with Garuda Indonesia’s onward service to Australia.
*Air traffic forecasts for Indonesia project the number of annual passengers to the country will increase from 105 million in 2010 to more than 358 million by 2025 - an average annual growth rate of 8.5%. Indonesia’s airport and aviation industries are rapidly expanding to meet these future demands, highlighting the importance of the new Gatwick to Jakarta link.
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at London Gatwick, said:
"Gatwick is pleased to welcome Garuda Indonesia today and we are delighted that the national flag carrier has chosen Gatwick as its link to London. The trade opportunities available between the UK and Indonesia are undeniable and new connections to dynamic markets in South East Asia are critical for UK PLC. The new Gatwick-Jakarta service introduces more competition on the routes currently available from the UK, ultimately benefitting passengers who now have more choice of how to connect to Indonesia and beyond.
"The start of services by Garuda Indonesia is another example of how Gatwick continues to open new long haul routes. A second runway would enable us to deliver more connections to both established and emerging markets for London and the UK. Gatwick is the obvious choice if growth is to be delivered quickly, offering UK businesses more certainty and ensuring London remains the best connected city in the world for air travel."
Mr. Erik Meijer, Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales of Garuda Indonesia, said:
"Today’s launch is the next milestone in the international expansion of Garuda Indonesia. We’re delighted to be playing a key role in bringing Indonesia and the UK closer together both in terms of tourism and trade. Gatwick’s close proximity to London and great transport links are set to be key to the success of the new service."
Lewis Scott, Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) South East, said:
"This new route to Jakarta from Gatwick Airport will give South East businesses increased opportunity to tap into this high growth market.
"It’s a country of big numbers and big opportunity, with 60% of the 240 million inhabitants under 30, and economic growth driven by a burgeoning middle class of 45 million, which is forecast to swell to 141 million by 2020.
"UKTI has staff based in the British Embassy in Jakarta who are able to offer expert trade and advice support to all companies to start them on the path to exporting success. Alongside this we have locally based International Trade Advisers who can offer any guidance needed by South East firms. I would urge the region's businesses to get in touch and find out how UKTI can help them make in-roads into this huge and burgeoning market. Call 08452 789 600 or visit www.gov.uk/ukti"