Jakarta, October 5th, 2020 - The national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia opens a special cargo flight from Makassar to Singapore as a part of the Company's effort to support the development of cargo flight network accessibility for leading export commodities in Eastern Indonesia.
This special cargo flight is officially kicked off on Monday (5/10) will be available once a week by using regular aircraft Airbus A330-300 with its carrying capacity up to 40 tons for each flight. This flight departs from Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar at 4 pm local time and will be arrived in Singapore at 6.40 pm local time.
CEO & President of Garuda Indonesia, Irfan Setiaputra explained that “We are hoping by this air cargo connectivity development which emphasizing the flight hub in eastern Indonesia, it will strengthen the competitiveness of national export commodities in eastern Indonesia especially through the direct flight accessibility to Singapore as one of the biggest importers in Southeast Asia”.
Makassar as the flight hub in eastern Indonesia is located at a strategic area where it uses as the center point of the commodity cargo delivery network. It is connected by direct flight towards several regions in eastern Indonesia as the leading national export commodities such as Ambon, Kendari, Sorong, and Manado.
“Certainly, by this flight network optimization, the direct export from eastern Indonesia will be more competitive and promising in the future”, said Irfan.
On the other hand, the Governor of South Sulawesi, Nurdin Abdullah stated that “On behalf of the South Sulawesi citizen, we appreciate Garuda Indonesia that finally opens the Makassar - Singapore route, specifically for its cargo flight activity. This movement is such a step stone for South Sulawesi to increase the potential export of its agricultural products especially the maritime products.
“Furthermore, by its direct flight linking Makassar to Singapore, we hope it will increase the competitiveness of our fresh products and other leading commodities from South Sulawesi. Hopefully, all exporters in South Sulawesi can take the advantage of this service, so that the export quality will improve significantly in the future, said Nurdin Abdullah.
As this service is in line with our efforts to optimize the cargo market as well as to support the competitiveness of national leading commodities, Garuda Indonesia previously has launched a special cargo flight linking Manado - Narita. From now on, Garuda Indonesia will keep developing the accessibility of its cargo flight network to various potential importing countries for Indonesia maritime commodities like China, Hong Kong, or any other domestic and international routes.
PT GARUDA INDONESIA (PERSERO) Tbk