Celebrating the start of Garuda Indonesia’s service from Medan to Singapore on 14 June with a ribbon cutting ceremony are: Wong Woon Liong, Senior Advisor, Changi Airport Group; M. Arif Wibowo, President & CEO, Garuda Indonesia; Arief Yahya, Indonesian Minister of Tourism; and Indonesian Ambassador for Singapore H.E. Ngurah Swanjaya.
- Garuda Indonesia on 14 June reinstated non-stop flights from Medan (KLO) in Indonesia to Singapore (SIN). The 621-kilometre route, which was last served by the airline over a decade ago, will be flown by the SkyTeam carrier’s 737-800s. Competition comes from SilkAir (twice-daily flights) and Jetstar Asia (daily flights). Singapore becomes Garuda’s first international destination from Medan, joining seven domestic towns and cities. M. Arif Wibowo, President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, stated: “We believe this new service will stimulate growth of business and trade in the region, more so as Medan is strategically located as the gateway to Sumatera and the rest of Indonesia’s western regions. The new service will offer passengers a wider choice of destinations as well as greater flexibility and convenience when travelling between Singapore and cities in Sumatera, such as Palembang, Banda Aceh, Sabang, Lheuksmawe, Gunung Sitoli, and Pinangsori.”