Indonesian airline announces NZ return

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Asia, Australia, New Zealand
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Indonesia’s national airline Garuda will resume flights to New Zealand, six years after they were scrapped.

Auckland will be the first destination Garuda flies to in New Zealand

Auckland will be the first destination Garuda flies to in New Zealand - AAP ©

Auckland Airport chairwoman Joan Withers signed a memorandum of understanding with Garuda Indonesia president and chief executive Emirsyah Satar at a ceremony in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Monday morning.

Auckland will be the first destination Garuda flies to in New Zealand, “as soon as market conditions and aircraft availability allow”.

Garuda is a major global aviation player with strong network connections, Auckland Airport general manager of aeronautical commercial Glenn Wedlock says.

The deal follows the recent announcement that Air New Zealand will start direct flights from Auckland to Bali in mid-2012.

Garuda, which flies to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australia, withdrew from the New Zealand market in 2006.

Ms Withers is among representatives of 26 New Zealand companies making up a business delegation to Indonesia, led by Prime Minister John Key, aimed at boosting trade links with the Southeast Asian country.

Mr Key, who arrived in Jakarta from Singapore on a Garuda flight, witnessed the signing, alongside trade ministers of both countries….

Read the full story from The Western Australian….


Laura McQuillan,
AAP April 16, 2012


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