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Garuda Says ‘No’ to Halim

Garuda Cancels Plan to Open Second Jakarta Hub at Halim Airport

(4/28/2014) The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation is re-opening opportunities for all Indonesian airlines that wish to operate from Jakarta’s second airport – Halim Perdanakusuma, following the withdrawal by the national carrier Garuda Indonesia from plans to fly from Jakarta's secondary airhub.

Bisnis.com quotes the director general of civil aviation Herry Bhakti S. Gumay who confirmed Garuda’s withdrawal from allocated flight slots at Halim on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Bhakti said he had yet to receive formal written confirmation of Garuda’s withdrawal from plan to expand their operation to Jakarta’s second airport. But, based on discussions with Garuda’s CEO Emirsyah Satar, Garuda has affirmed alternative plans to transfer its 16 daily flight slots at Halim to their subsidiary Citilink.

Garuda has reportedly undertaken a study showing the use of the Halim flight slots would prove inefficient and require an investment in a number of infrastructure items. As a result, Garuda will instead focus its Jakarta operations on Soekarno-Hatta Airport - the primary air gateway of Jakarta.

On the heels of Garuda’s decision, 74 daily flight slots from Halim are now apparently up for grabs to all other airlines operating in Indonesia.