JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia has officiated direct flight from Denpasar to Chengdu, as part of the company’s drive to expand its international routes. The inauguration of the flight, attended by Garuda Indonesia Director for Commercial and IT Nina Sulistyowati and Director for Cargo Sigit Muhartono, was held at Ngurah Rai, Denpasar Bali.
Nina Sulistyowati said the Denpasar-Chengdu route is part of Garuda’s strategy to widen its market in China. “China market is an important market for Garuda Indonesia, given the fact that as many as 100 million of Chinese people travel abroad per year. We are optimistic to tap this market, in particular through the opening of Chengdu route,” she said.
Last year, 25 percent of Garuda Indonesia’s international market was contributed by the Chinese market. Garuda Indonesia will serve the Denpasar-Chengdu route, four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday using A330-300, with capacity of 24 business class and 263 economic class.
As of today, Garuda Indonesia has served routes to a number of Chinese cities, namely Jakarta – Guangzhou, Jakarta – Beijing, Jakarta – Shanghai, Denpasar – Beijing, Denpasar – Guangzhou, and Denpasar – Shanghai.
Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province, which shares border with Tibet, therefore, often tourists visit Tibet via this city. A number of tourists attractions in the province are Emei mount and Budha statue in Leshan as well as Fairy World Jiuzhaigou.
Today, Garuda Indonesia serves more than 77 destinations around the world and Indonesian cities with total 600 flights per day. The airline operates 199 aircraft with average age of 5 years. The airline is a member of SkyTeam, an alliance of 20 global airplane operators, serving 1,052 destinations in 177 countries. (*)