IATA AGM 2013: Garuda continues to seek Heathrow slots
Garuda Indonesia CEO Emirsyah Satar told (04-Jun-2013) CAPA on the sidelines of the IATA annual general meeting in Cape Town that the carrier continues to look for slots at London Heathrow although it plans to at least initially serve London from Gatwick. “If we can get slots for Heathrow we will try,” Mr Satar says. He explains that slots that have been available for purchase so far have not been for the right time of day. Garuda needs morning landing and take-off slots in London in order to accommodate a schedule that allows its new London-Jakarta service to connect with Jakarta-Sydney. Garuda plans to launch five weekly flights on Jakarta-London Gatwick on 2-Nov-2013 with Boeing 777-300ERs. The same aircraft will originate in Sydney. Mr Satar expects about one-quarter of its Jakarta-London passengers to originate in Sydney and about one-third to originate in Australia. Quick connections will also be available to passengers originating in Melbourne and Perth. He says the carrier is also looking to partner with European carriers to provide potential feed at Gatwick from European destinations.