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Garuda steps up connections from Medan
Mimi Hudoyo, Jakarta, June 3, 2013
 

GARUDA Indonesia is strengthening connections at its Medan hub, having launched a new flight and increased the frequency of two others.

 

On June 1, Garuda started twice-daily Medan-Penang services and doubled flights to twice-daily to Palembang and Padang. These routes are served with Garuda’s new fleet of Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen with a capacity of 96 seats, comprising of 12 executive class and 84 economy class seats.

 

Garuda Indonesia vice president Asia region, Nicodemus Lampe, said: “The new (Medan-Penang) service will provide convenience for travellers from Penang visiting Medan and the surrounding areas, and the other way around.”

 

During the launch, Penang chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, said: “Traffic between Medan and Penang is high. Besides travelling for business and leisure, many Medan people study or go for medical treatment in Penang.

 

“The new route will certainly foster the growth of business and trade in the area, especially because of Medan’s strategic location and (role as a) gateway to Sumatra and Western Indonesia region.”    

 

Garuda opened Medan as its fourth hub after Jakarta, Denpasar and Makassar on May 3.

 

The airline has deployed five aircraft in Medan and currently serves Batam, Padang and Palembang from there.

 

Garuda’s only other Malaysia flight is its twice-daily Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur service.

 

 
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