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Garuda, Sriwijaya to open new routes
Publication Date : 08-04-2014
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and privately owned Sriwijaya Air are due to open new international and domestic routes in the second quarter of this year in a bid to tap into the growing demand for air travel.
Garuda is scheduled to connect Medan, North Sumatra, with Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on May 1 to cater to the umrah (minor haj) and haj market, Antara reported on Monday.
Garuda’s vice president for domestic flights in Sumatra Dony Widojoko said that the carrier would provide three flights a week on the Medan-Jeddah route.
He said that the route was the airline’s concrete commitment to making Kuala Namu International Airport an important hub.
Meanwhile, Sriwijaya Air will begin flights linking Makassar, South Sulawesi, and Merauke, Papua, on April 16, using Boeing B737-300 aircraft, tribunnews.com reported.
Sriwijaya’s Makassar district manager Sri Budianto said that his airline would fly between the two cities three times a week.