Singapore, 29 October 2018 – Indonesia flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia today launches the first direct flight between Singapore and Tanjung Pandan. The flight operation is in line with the airline’s future expansion plan, and the continuous commitment as the flag-carrier to help boost Indonesia's economic, business, and tourism growth - especially the airline’s strong commitment to continuously support the Indonesian government’s program to double the number of international tourists visiting the country by 2019. By serving this new service, Garuda Indonesia becomes the only carrier that connect Singapore to Tanjung Pandan.
The launch ceremony took place at Singapore Changi Airport, and was proudly unveiled by Director of Operation of Garuda Indonesia Mr. Bambang Adisurya Angkasa, Indonesian Ambassador for Singapore I Gusti Ngurah Swajaya, and Executive Vice President for Airport Development of Changi Airport Group Mr. Yam Kum Weng, along with other officials of Garuda Indonesia Board of Director and Tourism Ministry of Indonesia.
Director of Operation Garuda Indonesia, Mr. Bambang Adisurya Angkasa stated that aside from the airline’s expansion program, the operation of the flight is also a commitment to support Indonesian government program in boosting the Top 10 Priority Destinations in which one of them is Tanjung Kelayang, Belitung.
“We believe this new service will stimulate growth of business and trade in the region, more so as Tanjung Pandan is strategically located as the gateway to Sumatera and the rest of Indonesia’s western regions. The new service will offer passengers a wider choice of destinations as well when travelling between Singapore and Tanjung Pandan,” he added.
Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director for Air Hub Development Lim Ching Kiat said, “We are delighted to welcome Garuda Indonesia’s launch of their new Singapore-Belitung service. Indonesia is Changi’s largest market - with over eight million passenger movements for the 12 months ending September 2018 - and Belitung will be our 14th city link to Indonesia. CAG will work closely with Garuda and Tourism Indonesia to drive more tourists between Singapore and Belitung.”
The Singapore-Tanjung Pandan service will be departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 17.20 LT on day 1,3,5 and 17.30 LT on day 7 while it will arrive at Hanandjoeddin International Airport in Tanjung Pandan at 17.50 WIB on day 1,3,5 and 18.00 WIB on day 7. The return flight will be departing from Hanandjoeddin International Airport in Tanjung Pandan at 14.50 WIB and arrive at Singapore Changi Airport at 16.20 LT.
Currently Garuda Indonesia serves 84 flights per week to and from Singapore to cities in Indonesia such as Singapore – Jakarta (9x daily), Singapore – Surabaya (daily), and Singapore – Denpasar (2x daily).
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VP CORPORATE SECRETARY
M. IKHSAN ROSAN