Garuda Pulls All Australia - UK Flights Out

Garuda Pulls All Australia - UK Flights Out. Garuda pulls out of the highly competitive Australia-UK market by suspending its services at London Heathrow.

Garuda recently announced its intention to leave Jakarta-London Heathrow service on October 28, 2018. Garuda has served in London since 2014, but operates only direct flights from Jakarta since October 2017.

Boeing 777-300ER PK-GIG

Garuda Pulls All Australia - UK Flights Out, pic: Boeing 777-300ER PK-GIG

Garuda has also been competing in the Melbourne-London market since October 2017, sometimes offering very attractive prices. Garuda has withdrawn some of its Melbourne-Jakarta flights after launching non-stop flights between Jakarta and London to facilitate connections.

Currently, Garuda has one of the fastest transit times between Melbourne and London at 22:55 with only 55 minutes to Jakarta. From London to Melbourne, the total transit time is 23:50 competitive, with a stop of 3:55 in Jakarta.

After taking over Melbourne, Garuda also considered taking over Sydney-Jakarta to facilitate Sydney-London Heathrow connections. However, none of its Sydney-Jakarta flights have yet been canceled, which is now questionable given the upcoming suspension of Jakarta-London.

Four years ago, Garuda sold an air transport service between Sydney and London Gatwick using the 777-300ER. Garuda began offering this option in early April 2013, offering an attractive economy, activity and first class product in the new aircraft, with a very competitive total transit time, for five weekly flights starting November 2nd. 2013. However, at the end of July 2013 (nearly four months after the start of sales and just over two months before the launch), Garuda postponed the launch of London, reimbursing and re-booking all passengers.

In early November 2013, Garuda reopened Jakarta-London Gatwick sales, as well as one-stop connections from Australia, with a revised release date on May 29, 2014. However, in March 2014, the London launch was postponed again and passengers were refunded or booked.

Garuda finally launched his services in Gatwick on September 4, 2014, but only after abandoning Jakarta-Gatwick's uninterrupted initial plan and, on the contrary, serving Gatwick as a label for his Jakarta-Amsterdam service. Garuda did not compete on the kangaroo route because the Amsterdam label meant that Garuda could only offer a two-stop product for passengers from Australia and London, with long stops in Jakarta.

At the end of March 2016, Garuda abandoned the Amsterdam-Gatwick label and launched a new service five times a week at London Heathrow. However, the new Heathrow flight stopped in Singapore on the road heading west, resulting in a two-stop product for Australia-London passengers (again with long stops in Jakarta) .

It was not until the end of October 2017, when the Singapore shutdown was abandoned, that Garuda was finally able to offer the product on the Kangaroo road that he intended to provide. However, Garuda operates only three weekly flights on the non-stop Jakarta-Heathrow route. Since almost all airlines on the kangaroo route have daily service (and many have several daily flights), Garuda fought to compete.

Garuda also offered only short stops in Jakarta from Melbourne. Had he put in place previous plans to remove some flights from Sydney-Jakarta and Perth-Jakarta, Garuda could have attracted more traffic from Australia to London.

However, the aspirations of the Garuda kangaroo road were still unrealistic. The kangaroo route from Australia to London is extremely competitive. It is better that Garuda focuses on the local market in Australia and Indonesia, growing. The Garuda Force (and the USP) offers passengers traveling to / from Australian domestic routes to Indonesia using the Bali and Jakarta hubs.