Garuda Indonesia will offer six more routes to Europe and the Middle East this month, under a code-share agreement with Etihad Airways.
The national airline will offer flights, served by Etihad, to Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, Dusseldorf, Munich and Bahrain, a Garuda statement said.
"The code-share cooperation agreement signed in October 2012, has significantly contributed in facilitating access for Garuda Indonesia passengers from Indonesia, to go to 80 destinations in 50 countries in this world served by Etihad Airways," Garuda president Emirsyah Satar said.
The latest agreement brings the total number of Garuda flights served by Etihad to 13, with the airline already acting as a marketing carrier for flights to Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Manchester, Moscow, Athena and Muscat.
Etihad Airways also acts as a marketing carrier for seven destinations served by Garuda Indonesia — Denpasar, Manado, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Makassar, Amsterdam, and Abu Dhabi.
Garuda plans to increase its flights frequency between Jakarta and Amsterdam via Abu Dhabi to six flights every week, starting from June 21.
“Besides that, starting in June 2013, Garuda Indonesia will also serve the Jakarta-Perth flight that will also be a code-share flight between Garuda Indonesia and Etihad," he added.
Etihad president and chief executive James Hogan said that the cooperation between the two airlines "continues to grow and provide significant profit for their customers, through an expansion in flying networks and intercity connectivity as well as flexibility in flight schedules."
He said the code-share arrangement would not only reduce flying time but it would also provide the fastest flights between Jakarta, Manchester, Geneva and Brussels. (Jakarta Globe)