Jakarta, September 24th, 2020 - The national flight of Garuda Indonesia officially opened the new special cargo flight linking Manado and Narita in Japan, as a part of the Company's support to increase the competitiveness of national maritime export commodities as well as other agricultural products through the development of air cargo connectivity.
The new cargo flight kicked off on Wednesday (23/9) and will be available once a week using regular aircraft Airbus A330-200 with a carrying capacity of up to 35 tons. This flight is also seamlessly connected to other destinations such as Jakarta, Makassar, and Ambon.
CEO of Garuda Indonesia Irfan Setiaputra explained that "As the national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia committed to taking part in advancing the national economic sector through increasing the accessibility of the air cargo flight network for Indonesia's leading export commodities to the global market".
"The operation of new cargo service is a result of our initiative between Garuda Indonesia along with the Governor of North Sulawesi, Olly Dondokambey, in increasing the competitiveness of North Sulawesi's maritime and agricultural products by the development connectivity of the air cargo flight network from one of the largest fresh tuna producers regions in Indonesia," added Irfan.
Further, Irfan stated that "We are optimistic by the presence of this cargo flight will be our sustainable step with North Sulawesi government to actualize Indonesia's vision as the global maritime axis".
"We hope by this air cargo connectivity development would further increase competitiveness towards the quality of Indonesian maritime commodity product through a shorten the delivery time of the products without having to transit in several flight hubs. Thus the quality and freshness of the products will be better maintained as well as for its competitive logistics costs, and the export commodity prices can be more competitive in the global market", said Irfan.
As for our initial stages of developing this cargo flight, Garuda Indonesia serves Narita in Japan that is known as one of the biggest importer countries for Indonesia's maritime commodities. In the future, we also plan to develop for more accessibilities of its cargo flight network to the various potential countries such as Hong Kong and China and other international and domestic routes.
PT GARUDA INDONESIA (PERSERO) Tbk