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Singapura to Jayapura

Garuda Indonesia commences flights between Makassar and Singapore, aiming to reduce travel times to the remote cities of East Indonesia.

On 1 June 2011, Garuda Indonesia began daily flights between Makassar (a.k.a. Ujung Pandang) and Singapore, using Boeing 737-500 aircraft with a capacity of 96 passengers.

Here is the schedule:

Flight Number Route Departs Arrives
GA848 Makassar to Singapore 15:00 17:50
GA849 Singapore to Makassar 18:50 22:00

It was widely reported that Garuda’a new route is:

in line with the carrier’s plans to develop Makassar as its third domestic hub after Jakarta and Bali, and as a gateway to East Indonesia.

Flights To/From Makassar Newspaper advertisements for Garuda – see right for an excerpt – have also promoted Garuda’s strategy of increasing the number of flights and routes to/from Makassar. The lines in red denote new routes. (Click on the image to see full-size).

Makassar, we have a problem

Yet the new flight’s schedule has an issue: to create a successful hub airport, an airline needs to have good connection times to other flights. In real English, passengers travelling via a hub airport shouldn’t have to wait a long time between their international flight and the connecting domestic flight, or vice versa.

And everyone – Garuda management included – seems to have forgotten this, creating a schedule that either has poor connection times or misses Garuda’s connecting domestic flights all together.

SINGAPORE TO MAKASSAR
The flight from Singapore (or “Singapura” in Bahasa Indonesia) to Makassar arrives at 10pm. By the time visitors have bought a tourist visa and changed terminals, there are virtually no domestic flights to connect to.

The only flight with a good connection is Garuda’s red-eye special overnight flight from Jakarta to Biak and Jayapura, which transits Makassar at 1am.

This means visitors wishing to travel from Singapore to e.g. Gorontalo will have a compulsory overnight stopover in Makassar – incurring the additional expense of a hotel room – before continuing their journey the next day. (It might also be possible to sleep at the airport, but it is not known whether this is permitted, let alone comfortable or safe.)

TorajaTourists also arrive too late for an overnight bus to South Sulawesi’s biggest attraction – Tana Toraja – at the nearby bus terminal, adding a day to their journey too.

MAKASSAR TO SINGAPORE
Once again, only the flight from Jayapura to Makassar connects nicely. Flights from Manado, Kendari, Gorontalo, etc. all arrive too late to connect for passengers to Garuda’s flight to Singapore, and from Ambon far too early.

What is the solution – other airlines?

GOING FROM SINGAPORE TO EAST INDONESIA
Unfortunately, there are very few domestic flights on any airline from Makassar in the middle of the night, only flights to Jayapura or Sorong at 3 or 4am.

You could fly Air Asia to Makassar from Kuala Lumpur instead, but it arrives at 5pm. This is also too late for most connecting domestic flights to East Indonesia, but is at least a more passenger-friendly hour of the day.

RETURNING TO SINGAPORE FROM EAST INDONESIA
However, tourists flying back from East Indonesia to Singapore have more choice: other airlines with better connection times.

Raja AmpatFor example, you can fly Batavia Air to Makassar from Sorong, the nearest airport to the increasingly famous Raja Ampat diving paradise in West Papua.

Airline Flight
Number
Departs
Sorong
Arrives
Makassar
Batavia Air Y6-846 10:20 11:20

togean-islands-sulawesi-indonesiaSimilarly, you could fly Lion Air to Makassar from Gorontalo, where you get the boat to the Togean Islands, Central Sulawesi’s #1 tourist attraction.

Airline Flight
Number
Departs
Gorontalo
Arrives
Makassar
Lion Air JT793 11:05 12:30

You can view the Makassar Airport Wikipedia page for a more general guide of other airlines’ flights to/from Makassar.

Is Garuda’s Hub in Makassar Doomed to Failure?

Some would also argue that Garuda’s strategy of increasing flights from Makassar to East Indonesia has a competitive disadvantage compared to Indonesia’s other government-owned airline:

Merpati Nusantara Airways
Merpati Nusantara Airlines

Merpati’s mission is to serve remote cities/destinations – especially in East Indonesia – and recently moved its headquarters to Makassar. It operates several flights from Makassar that no other airline operates; some of the more useful routes for visitors are Makassar to Kupang (West Timor), Makassar to Maumere (Flores), and Makassar to Yogyakarta direct.

Merpati Unique Flight Map
Useful Routes Only Flown By Merpati Airways

Sometimes, Merpati also receives government subsidies to maintain routes that are necessary (because there are no other air, road or sea links) but unprofitable. Garuda is majority owned by the government, but does not receive government subsidies in this way.

Merpati already operates flights on many of Garuda’s new routes from Makassar to remote cities in East Indonesia. If budget-conscious travellers prefer the cheaper no-frills service of Merpati to the more expensive full-service of Garuda, Garuda’s new flights to/from Makassar may quickly become unprofitable.


In conclusion, for its new Makassar hub to be successful in encouraging more tourists to visit Makassar and its more remote areas in the east of the country, Garuda will need to reconsider and reconfigure its flight times between Makassar and Singapore, along with its domestic connecting flights. Alternately, Garuda could give passengers a free Makassar hotel stay in both directions; however, that is unlikely to happen because it would be prohibitively expensive.

But without any further action, Garuda’s competitors will continue to have an advantage, and Makassar’s “great expectation” (sic) of becoming a successful Garuda hub airport will fail.

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Bali Bromo Express

Wings Air launches direct flights from Denpasar to Malang, reducing travel time to Mt Bromo significantly.

For many years, Mt Bromo has been the most visited of Indonesia’s 129 active volcanoes (more than the famous/infamous Anak Krakatau or Mt Kelimutu). This is probably due to its relatively easy access, wide choice of accommodation nearby and proximity to Indonesia’s tourist hub of Bali.

Bromo Tengger Semeru
The picture that launched 1000 postcards:
Sunrise at Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park.

In the past, a trip from Bali to the picture postcard moonscape of Mt Bromo usually involved a short flight from Denpasar/Bali to Surabaya, then a bus/train ride to Malang or Probolinggo, then another bus/jeep ride up the mountain in the early morning to the lookout point. Or the more intrepid could take a bus from Bali all the way to Probolinggo (including a short ferry ride). However, both ways could take several hours or longer, due to delays, traffic, narrow/hilly roads, etc.


Left Flag: Mt Bromo, Right Flag: Bali/Denpasar Airport.
As you can see, Malang is much closer to Mt Bromo than Surabaya

However, Wings Air (partner/subsidiary of Lion Air) has launched a new route that reduces the hassle and travel time significantly: Denpasar to Malang.

Wings Air ATR72-500

Using their brand new ATR72-500 aircraft (see above), Wings Air flies this route daily at the following times:

Flight Number Route Departs Arrives
Wings Air
JT1840
Denpasar/Bali
to Malang
13:45 14:00*
Wings Air
JT1841
Malang to
Denpasar/Bali
14:25* 16:25

*Local time in Malang is one hour behind Denpasar/Bali

One-way fares start at $US55.

Alternately, if you are flying from Europe to Jakarta, there are also multiple daily flights from Jakarta to Malang.

If you would like a quote for this flight, please fill in an enquiry form here.

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Lion Air Pricing Structure

News on Lion Air, their pricing structure, and how competitors might be faring.

PT Lion Mentari Airlines, operating as Lion Air, was founded in 1999 and begun operating in July 2000 with a single route, Jakarta-Pontianak. It has since grown to be Indonesia’s largest domestic carrier and even flies internationally, and today has sixty planes in operation and does 3300 flights a week, and is about to add four more routes to the dozens it currently runs domestically, they being: Yogyakarta – Balikpapan, Palangkaraya – Surabaya, Tarakan – Balikpapan, and Tarakan – Jakarta (Cengkareng).

Lion has grown so strongly in such few years partly due to its aggressive, but flexible, pricing structures, which win over bargain hunting Indonesians; for each flight Lion has 12 classes of ticket, with the stated goal of such a system being to ensure that no flight runs at a loss. Lion boss Edward Sirait explains:

Whether there are 200 passengers on a flight, or only 150, we aim to make the same return; with a single fare system that is not possible.

Lion management gives their marketing staff upper and lower pricing limits for each route, in between which they can ‘play’, says Edward:

For Jakarta to Surabaya the price maximum is 900,000, it can’t be more than that, while at the low end you can buy a ticket for 350,000. Our marketing have a lot of room to move.

Meanwhile a commentator in the New Straits Times [subscription required], John McBeth, worries that Lion Air’s ultra cheap fares are driving competitors to the wall, or out of the market. John says Air Asia has cut back on its Indonesian domestic routes in favour of international flights, because it sees little profit potential in competing with Lion Air’s budget offerings.

Mandala Air recently stopped operating temporarily due to debt and cashflow issues; Batavia Air, he says, is barely surviving; Sriwijaya Air, he says, is trying to keep out of everyone’s way by choosing less popular routes to run.

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Medan to Nias

How to get to Nias Island in Sumatra, flights on Wings Air and Merpati from Medan to Nias.

The island of Nias just off the western Sumatra coast, recently recovering from the 2005 earthquake and consequent tsunami, has traditionally been difficult to access, with the only flights for many years being run by the less than reliable SMAC (Sabang Merauke Air Charter) service, which in any case not long ago ceased flying to Nias for uncertain reasons.

These days however two larger, national airlines service the route from the nearest sizeable city on Sumatra – Medan, flying from Medan’s Polonia airport to Nias’ Binaka airport in the town of Gunungsitoli six times a day. The reverse route, from Nias to Medan, has five daily flights.

The trip takes 50 minutes (whereas traveling by road and then sea from Medan takes around 22 hours) and tickets cost in the range of $35 to $80 one way, depending on demand and how early you book.

The two airlines serving the Medan-Nias route are the cheap budget carriers Wings Air and Merpati. Wings Air, a daughter airline of Lion Air, flies out of Medan four times a day, at 05.30, 07.00, 14.15, and 15.45, while Merpati departs for Nias at 06.55 and 13.10.

The departure times for the return trip with Wings are 07.00, 08.20, and 15.30, while Merpati leaves Nias for Medan twice a day, at 08.30 and 14.45, so there’s plenty of choice and flexibility in when to leave, and arrive at, the island.

If you’re interested in booking a flight to Nias, and seeing one of Indonesia’s cultures that is still relatively earthy and unspoilt by mass tourism, or in going surfing on the island, you can do so here.

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Mandala Airlines Shuts Down

Struggling airline Mandala has ceased operations temporarily due to cash flow shortfalls.

On 12th January management of Mandala Airlines informed the Department of Transportation that it could no longer continue operating. The company’s official press release:


Tip – use zoom.

On the same day Mandala submitted a debt repayment deferment request to the Commerce Court in Jakarta, with Mandala’s corporate secretary Nurmaria Sarona saying that the company had found it unable to fulfill its lease payment obligations on its aircraft. If the court request is successful Mandala will have 45 days to submit a business restructuring plan.

Mandala is a small budget airline that operates only five aircraft (3 Airbus 320 and 2 Airbus 319); these planes have been returned to their owners. Until March 2010 Mandala had operated 11 aircraft.

The company has no plans to permanently dismiss its staff, and hopes to find new investors to shore up its financial position, and begin operating again. Its pilots will be lent out to other airlines like Tiger Air (a sister company of Mandala), so that they can continue working.

Should new investors be found President Director of Mandala Diono Nurjadin says the company intends to buy five new aircraft, and rent five others, in accordance with soon to be enforced statutory fleet number requirements.

Mandala intends to refund already booked tickets.

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Denpasar to Dili Flights

Batavia Air commences flights between Indonesia’s tourist hub of Bali and Dili, capital city of Timor Leste (East Timor).


Batavia Air recently commenced daily flights between Indonesia’s tourist hub of Bali and the capital city of East Timor (a.k.a. Timor Leste), Dili.

Batavia Air advertises flights between Denpasar and Dili

Batavia Air promotes its new route,
plus recently being permitted to fly in EU airspace

The schedule is as follows:

Flight
Number
Route Departs Arrives
Y6-811

Denpasar to Dili

07:00

09:40*

Y6-812

Dili to Denpasar

10:25*

11:05

*Local time in Dili is one hour ahead of Denpasar.

The inaugural flight on 27 December 2010 certainly appears to have been a joyous occasion.

Batavia Air red carpet

The first passengers were greeted by red carpet and the President of Timor Leste, Mr Jose Ramos Horta, wearing Indonesian batik. Meanwhile, senior executives of Batavia Air were wearing traditional Timorese ceremonial scarves.

The President Director of Batavia Air, Mr Yudiawan Tansari, has high hopes for this new route. Using either a weak interpreter or poor English skills, he was quoted as saying:

With the entry of Batavia Air to Dili, the Timor Leste people have other option of transportations to travel to Denpasar, Bali and other cities in Indonesia. Starting today at Dili, it is connected with 40 cities in Indonesia that have been flown by Batavia Air. In addition, cargos from Dili to the cities in Indonesia and conversely become easier and of course, we wish for the potential tourisms here are much more widely known by the people in Indonesia. [sic]

It is not known how this new service will affect the existing Merpati Airlines service; it is hoped that the extra competition from Batavia Air will help reduce fares. Previously, one-way fares were more than $US200 one-way, or double the price of flights on the more contested route of Denpasar to Kupang (close to Dili in West Timor). Currently, Batavia Air is offering one-way fares from Denpasar to Dili at a lower price of Rp1.1 million, about $US120.

Also, flight details and online booking are not available on the Merpati Airlines website for international flights; you have to call them or visit your local Merpati office or travel agent. This is unlike the Batavia Air website, which provides all this information.

Merpati booking conditions
Patriotic or Problematic? Merpati Airlines’ website offers only domestic routes
and accepts only Indonesian-issued credit cards

However, as explained in this guide to booking Indonesian flights, both Batavia Air and Merpati Airlines only accept credit cards issued in Indonesia.

You can get around this problem by using the Mau Ke Mana flight booking service. If you would like to make a booking enquiry, please click here.

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Air Asia’s Expansion

Air Asia’s plan to grow its business in Indonesia and beyond.

The Indonesian branch of Air Asia (a.k.a. Air Asia Indonesia or Indonesian Air Asia) has been in the news a lot recently. Unlike some of its competitors, it has been all good news:

Please click on the story above that interests you, or just scroll down to read them all.

Air Asia to Offer Extra Flights in December and January

Extra FlightsAir Asia is offering extra flights from 17 December 2010 to 23 January 2011 between the following cities:

  • Jakarta and Singapore
  • Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali)
  • Denpasar (Bali) and Perth

See below for flight details:

Flight No From To Depart Arrive Frequency  
QZ 7510 Jakarta Bali 6:20 9:05 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9219 Jakarta Bali 8:25 11:10 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7512 Jakarta Bali 10:35 13:20 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7514 Jakarta Bali 15:05 17:50 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9210 Jakarta Bali 16:00 18:45 2,4,6 Extra Flight
QZ 7518 Jakarta Bali 16:30 19:15 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9217 Jakarta Bali 17:20 20:05 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7516 Jakarta Bali 19:20 22:05 Daily Extra Flight
 
QZ 9218 Bali Jakarta 7:15 8:00 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7511 Bali Jakarta 9:30 10:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9216 Bali Jakarta 11:35 12:20 Daily Extra Flight
QZ 7513 Bali Jakarta 13:45 14:25 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7519 Bali Jakarta 15:25 16:05 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7515 Bali Jakarta 18:15 18:55 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9211 Bali Jakarta 19:20 20:05 2,4,6 Extra Flight
QZ 7517 Bali Jakarta 22:30 23:10 Daily Extra Flight
Note : Departure and arrival times are according to local time zones. 1 = Monday 2 = Tuesday 3 = Wednesday 4 = Thursday 5 = Friday 6 = Saturday 7 = Sunday. Extra flights commences from 17th Dec 2010 – 8th January 2011.
Flight No From To Depart Arrive Frequency  
QZ 8620 Bali Perth 0:30 4:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9028 Bali Perth 7:10 10:50 Daily Extra Flight
9 Jan 2011 – 23 Jan 2011
QZ 8622 Bali Perth 9:00 12:40 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 8626 Bali Perth 15:50 19:30 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9022 Bali Perth 20:40 0:20 Daily Extra Flight
17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
 
QZ 9023 Perth Bali 1:00 4:40 Daily Extra Flight
17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
QZ 8621 Perth Bali 4:50 8:30 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9029 Perth Bali 11:30 15:10 Daily Extra Flight
9 Jan 2011 – 23 Jan 2011
QZ 8623 Perth Bali 13:20 15:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 8627 Perth Bali 20:05 23:45 Daily Regular Flight
Note : Departure and arrival times are according to local time zones.
Flight No From To Depart Arrive Frequency  
QZ 7782 Jakarta Singapore 7:20 10:00 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7788 Jakarta Singapore 9:00 11:40 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7780 Jakarta Singapore 11:20 14:00 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9492 Jakarta Singapore 12:45 15:30 Daily Extra Flight
17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
QZ 7784 Jakarta Singapore 14:20 17:00 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7786 Jakarta Singapore 18:55 21:35 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9498 Jakarta Singapore 20:35 23:15 2,4,6 Extra Flight
18 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
 
QZ 7783 Singapore Jakarta 10:30 11:10 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7789 Singapore Jakarta 12:05 12:45 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7781 Singapore Jakarta 14:25 15:05 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9493 Singapore Jakarta 16:10 16:55 Daily Extra Flight
17 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
QZ 7785 Singapore Jakarta 17:45 18:25 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 7787 Singapore Jakarta 22:10 22:50 Daily Regular Flight
QZ 9499 Singapore Jakarta 23:45 0:25 2,4,6 Extra Flight
18 Dec 2010 – 8 Jan 2011
Note : Departure and arrival times are according to local time zones. 1 = Monday 2 = Tuesday 3 = Wednesday 4 = Thursday 5 = Friday 6 = Saturday 7 = Sunday.

Air Asia Simplifies Transit Procedures in Kuala Lumpur

Air Asia X Flight TransferOne way that Air Asia has kept costs down in the past is to not let passengers transiting Kuala Lumpur’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal to transit. This means that passengers must collect their bags, then clear immigration and customs before checking in again for their next destination. It also meant that passengers would have to pay in Malaysian Ringgit for their second flight, which was annoying.

However, this has now changed for some routes. If you are flying to/from an Air Asia long-haul destination (a.k.a. Air Asia X) you will no longer need to do this; you can transit Kuala Lumpur like you would on a normal full-service airline, within reason. For example, the second flight needs to be less than six hours after the arrival of the first flight.

Air Asia X flies to the following cities:

Australia: Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth
China: Chengdu, Hangzhou, Tianjin
England: London
France: Paris (starting 14 February 2011)
India: Delhi, Mumbai
Iran: Tehran
Japan: Tokyo
New Zealand: Christchurch (starting 1 April 2011)
Taiwan: Taipei

For a full explanation of the benefits of Air Asia’s new transit procedures, see here.

New routes: Medan to Hong Kong and Bangkok, Balikpapan to Kuala Lumpur

Air Asia has also been advertising some new routes:

Air Asia X Flight Transfer
Extra Flights on Air Asia to and from Indonesia
Balikpapan Flights to Kuala Lumpur
Medan to Bangkok Flights
Medan to Hong Kong Flights

Indonesian Air Asia to Outgrow its Malaysian Parent?

The CEO of Air Asia, Tony Fernandes, is certainly bullish about the future of its Indonesian subsidiary. Here are sections of a recent interview in the Jakarta Post:

AirAsia Bhd. chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said the carrier’s Indonesian operations may surpass its Malaysian unit, which is now more than three times as big.

The Indonesia business may pass Malaysia in the “not-too-distant future,” Fernandes said Friday in a Bloomberg TV interview in Kuala Lumpur, without elaboration.

However, it still has a long way to go:

Indonesia AirAsia’s passenger number rose 8 percent to 1.1 million in the quarter, according to a statement. The Malaysian operations boosted passenger numbers 12 percent to 4 million, it said.

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EU Banned Airlines

Indonesia remains on the updated European Union blacklist, while a number of carriers continue to obtain exceptions.

On 23rd November 2010 the Mobility and Transport department of the European Commission issued an update to its airline blacklist of international airlines; no changes affected Indonesian airlines.

Airlines in Indonesia remain blacklisted by default, unless they obtain an exception; currently six Indonesian airlines have managed to persuade the EU on safety issues, they being:

The following airlines remain expressly banned:

  • AIR PACIFIC UTAMAALFA TRANS DIRGANTATA
  • ASCO NUSA AIR
  • ASI PUDJIASTUTI
  • AVIASTAR MANDIRI
  • CARDIG AIR
  • DABI AIR NUSANTARA
  • DERAYA AIR TAXI
  • DERAZONA AIR SERVICE
  • DIRGANTARA AIR SERVICE
  • EASTINDO
  • GATARI AIR SERVICE
  • INDONESIA AIR TRANSPORT
  • INTAN ANGKASA AIR SERVICE
  • JOHNLIN AIR TRANSPORT
  • KAL STAR
  • KARTIKA AIRLINES
  • KURA-KURA AVIATION
  • LION MENTARI AIRLINES
  • MANUNGGAL AIR SERVICE
  • MEGANTARA
  • MERPATI NUSANTARA AIRLINES
  • MIMIKA AIR
  • NATIONAL UTILITY HELICOPTER
  • NUSANTARA AIR CHARTER
  • NUSANTARA BUANA AIR
  • NYAMAN AIR
  • PELITA AIR SERVICE
  • PENERBANGAN ANGKASA SEMESTA
  • PURA WISATA BARUNA
  • REPUBLIC EXPRESS AIRLINES
  • RIAU AIRLINES
  • SAMPOERNA AIR NUSANTARA
  • SAYAP GARUDA INDAH
  • SKY AVIATION
  • SRIWIJAYA AIR
  • SURVEI UDARA PENAS
  • TRANSWISATA PRIMA AVIATION
  • TRAVEL EXPRESS AVIATION SERVICE
  • TRAVIRA UTAMA
  • TRI MG INTRA ASIA AIRLINES
  • TRIGANA AIR SERVICE
  • UNINDO
  • WINGS ABADI AIR

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Bali to Darwin Flights

Air Asia to fly from Bali to Darwin, Australia, from late December.

From December 23rd 2010 Indonesian AirAsia will begin once daily flights to Darwin, Australia, from Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar) in Bali.

The President Director of PT Indonesia AirAsia (IAA), Dharmadi, said the service would be in a 6-month trial period.

Cheap Bali Darwin Flights

Dharmadi said 10,000 one-way flights priced at $99 (Australian dollar) would go on sale at midnight today (Nov 23rd), for flights booked up to November 2011. After the sale is over the flights would likely be priced between $175 to $200, although prices could rise to up to $400 in some cases, he said.

Booking from the Indonesian side, flights are priced in the Rp 350,000 range one way, while booking from the Australian side costs around Rp 700,000, due to the incorporation of airport taxes in the price.

From Bali the flights depart at 23.50, arriving in Darwin, Northern Territory, the next day at 04.00; the return trip to Bali leaves Darwin at 04.45, arriving in Ngurah Rai at 06.00.

JetStar is the only other airline which currently services this route.

Other Indonesian airlines which are seeking to open new routes to Australia include Sriwijaya Air, Batavia Air, Lion Air, and Garuda Indonesia.

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Garuda joins SkyTeam Alliance

Garuda Indonesia to sign onto membership of the Skyteam international airline network alliance.

National carrier Garuda Indonesia will on November 23rd 2010 sign an agreement with international airline alliance Skyteam.

SkyTeam is based at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and was founded in 2000 by Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air. It has grown to become the second largest airline alliance in the world in passenger number terms and members, behind Star Alliance but ahead of Oneworld.

Its current full membership is:

  • Aerosoft
  • Aeromexico
  • AirEuropa
  • Air France
  • KLM
  • Alitalia
  • China Southern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Korean Air
  • TAROM (Romanian Air Transport)
  • Vietnam Airlines

The president director of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, enthused about the prospect of joining:

It will mean that our passengers will be able to fly anywhere with just one joint ticket.

Taiwan’s China Airlines and the mainland’s China Eastern Airlines will also become new members of Skyteam; these two airlines signed agreements with Skyteam earlier this year, and it is expected that they will have fulfilled the full membership criteria by mid to late 2011. Based on this timeframe, it is likely that Garuda Indonesia will become a full member of SkyTeam in early 2012.

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