Garuda Indonesia Offers New Umrah Flights From Padang

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia on Friday (17/11) increased its flight frequency between Jakarta and Batam in the Riau Islands to 40 per week, from 35 previously. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Iqbal)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 7:52 PM November 14, 2017
Category : Business, Corporate News

Jakarta. Garuda Indonesia has opened a new route, from Padang, West Sumatra, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, dedicated for umrah pilgrims, the flag carrier said in a statement on Sunday (12/11).

The new service, which is for chartered flights only, was introduced in the airline's effort to tap into the pilgrimage market in the province.

A ceremony for the maiden GA9860 flight was inaugurated by Padang Mayor H. Mahyeldi Ansharullah and Garuda's top management, with 306 passengers on board.

The Airbus A330-300 flights will be operated until June 6.

Garuda director Sigit Muhartono said in the statement that the new route is part of Garuda's commitment to serve the largest Muslim-majority country in the world.

According to Garuda, 20,000 passengers from West Sumatra go for umrah each year.

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