As a part of their codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia, has now added six new international destinations to their service list. Major destinations such as London, Paris, Manchester, Athens, Muscat and Moscow are now going to be serviced by Garuda Indonesia. Following the codeshare agreement, and on December 2nd, Garuda International also moved its international hub from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, effectively at the hub of Etihad Airways.
Emirsyah Satar, President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia mentioned that the reason to move the hub from Dubai to Abu Dhabi was to ensure that they can better serve their travellers. At the same time it was to comply with the terms laid down in the codeshare arrangement done back in October.
He further added that the opening of the new hub in Abu Dhabi will facilitate travellers looking to travel onward to any of the 80 destinations around the globe served by Etihad Airways in more than 50 cities in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle-East. Garuda will reciprocate the access by giving Etihad Airways access to three of the Australian airports that they service.
Bagus Y. Siregar, Vice-President of Garuda Indonesia Australia and SWP mentioned that the South West Pacific is experiencing a booming market for international flights. This codeshare program between the two airlines is going to be mutually beneficial. While at one end the three Australian ports are now going to b accessed by Etihad, Garuda will be immensely benefited from the access to Etihad’s major international reach. Existing frequent flyer programs will be benefited as a part of the passenger service exchange along with cargo, maintenance, engineering and airport services.
During this arrangement Garuda International will be expanding its network to more than 27 destinations in North America, Africa, Europe and Middle-East. These destinations are Brussels, Athens, Paris, Frankfurt, Manchester, Dusseldorf, London, Munich, Geneva, Milan and Dublin in Europe; Chicago, Toronto and New York in North America; Domodevo in Russia’ Jo’burg, Cairo and Nairobi in Africa; and Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Istanbul, Bahrain, Kuwait, Beirut, Amman and Muscat in the Middle East.
At the same time Etihad Airways would be connected to Garuda Indonesia’s network across the Indonesian archipelago, Australia, Asia and Japan. Jakarta – Abu Dhabi and Jakarta – Kuala Lumpur are two of the major routes that they would be looking at along with other major cities in Indonesia such as Denpasar, Makassar, Surabaya, Balikpapan and Manado.