Garuda planning US flights in 2017

Travel News 23 Jun 2016

Garuda Indonesia plans to re-explore the feasibility of starting flights to the United States in 2017 if the national flag carrier passes Category 1 test of safety and security standards as mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"Next year, we will try and clear this test as it is part of our five year plan, or this may be achieved even earlier," the Garuda Indonesia President Director, M Arif Wibowo, said here on Wednesday.

He noted that 400 thousand passengers travel from the US to Indonesia every year.

The cities which receive maximum visitors are Los Angeles and New York, he added.

"The number of potential passengers departing from Los Angeles is 120 thousand, while many more depart from New York," Arif said.

The flights will transit through Narita, Japan and will use two units of Boeing 777.

According to Wibowo, if Garuda is awarded Category 1 status, then its aviation safety standards and security aspects must conform to international standards, in line with the flag carriers in the same category.