Jakarta, 28 April 2023 – National flight carrier Garuda Indonesia operates evacuation flights for Indonesian citizens (WNI) who are in Sudan due to the conflict situation that has occurred since some time ago. The Indonesian citizen evacuation flight which is a full commitment of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu), arrived at Soekarno Hatta International Airport at 05.46 WIB through Jeddah departure at 16.24 local time where the Indonesian citizens began to be evacuated by road from the capital of Sudan, Khartoum to Port Sudan then continued the journey to Jeddah both by sea and air.
Garuda Indonesia CEO, Irfan Setiaputra said that "A total of 385 Indonesian citizens have arrived safely this morning after a long journey from Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan to Jeddah, then continued by air to the country. This evacuation flight is a form of dynamic collaboration between the government and all related stakeholders in ensuring the return of Indonesian citizens runs safely and smoothly".
The Indonesian repatriation process was operated by flight GA 991 which was flown from Jeddah with a B777-300ER fleet. The evacuation flight had 15 crew members on duty which consisted of 3 cockpit crew, 1 FSM, and 13 cabin crews.
Irfan added, "This evacuation flight is part of Garuda Indonesia's ongoing commitment to running the mandate as a national flag carrier, one of which is realized through providing accessibility of flight services for Indonesians who will return to their homeland amid conflict situation that happens in Sudan".
"It has a special meaning for us to be trusted again to carry out a humanitarian mission in supporting the evacuation of 385 Indonesian citizens. Furthermore, Garuda Indonesia as the nation's flag carrier has to take part in the active role of the state in protecting its citizens, one of which is through the mission of returning Indonesian citizens from Sudan, which of course needs to be supported by the accessibility of air transportation that is ready at any time in carrying out its duties. The procedure for evacuating Indonesian citizens has gone through intensive coordination with relevant stakeholders by paying attention to the safety and security aspects of interstate mobility, especially the process of returning Indonesian citizens to be flown back to their homeland through Jeddah," Irfan concluded.
PT GARUDA INDONESIA (PERSERO) TBK