Garuda Indonesia launched a three times weekly non-stop service from London Heathrow to Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali on 22 January. Flights will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using 777-300s. Confirmed by schedules and indeed the airline’s advert for the new route, return services to the UK will operate via Jakarta.
- Garuda Indonesia launched non-stop flights between London and Bali on 22 January, with the carrier offering flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Denpasar (DPS). The airline will operate three weekly flights on the 12,519-kilometre sector using its fleet of 777-300s, with departures from the UK taking place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It should be noted that while the route from the UK to Bali will operate non-stop on outbound legs, return services will be performed via Jakarta, with the airline already offering flights between the Indonesian and UK capitals. When referencing OAG Traffic Analyser data, it shows that just under 153,000 passengers travelled indirectly between Heathrow and Denpasar during the 12-month period from July 2017 to June 2018, via a one-stop flight offering. A further look at the data shows that Denpasar was one of the top unserved markets from Heathrow regarding indirect traffic flows within the time frame analysed, with the top airlines for passengers on the airport pair being Garuda Indonesia itself, via its existing Jakarta service (19% of the market), followed by Qatar Airways (18%) and Singapore Airlines (14%).