Garuda Indonesia yesterday began thrice-weekly-services between Medan and London, an extension of its existing Denpasar-London service.
The Denpasar-Medan-London route will utilise an Airbus A330-200, with a capacity of 222 passengers in two classes.
The London-bound service GA086 leaves Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport at 08.10 and lands at Kualanamu International Airport in Medan at 11.10. The flight then departs Medan at 12.40 and arrives in London at 20.00.
For the return leg, GA087 will take off from London Heathrow at 21.45 to arrive in Medan at 16.25. It leaves Medan at 17.55 and arrives in Denpasar at 22.20.
Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah, executive vice president commercial of Garuda Indonesia, said the service provides direct connectivity between two major air hubs in Indonesia with London Heathrow, while supporting the government’s tourism programmes at the same time.
“The connectivity between Medan and London is expected to increase the awareness (of international travellers) of Medan and its surrounding areas including Lake Toba,” he elaborated.