Garuda Indonesia & Singapore Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding today. This agreement coincides with the 29 November 2021 upcoming launch of a quarantine-free Vaccinated Travel Lane between Indonesia and Singapore.
The collaboration will include the potential alignment of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Garuda Indonesia’s Garudamiles. Both airlines will launch joint marketing activities and initiatives to promote inbound tourism into Indonesia. These are subject to regulatory approval. The two airlines will explore new growth opportunities in the air freight segment as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul activities.
Both airlines reactivated the air connectivity partnership arrangement between Singapore and Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya on 1 October 2021. Garuda Indonesia commenced flights network connectivity on SIA’s services to London on the same day, and will codeshare on SIA’s flights to Mumbai from 1 January 2022., subject to regulatory approval. Garuda and SIA will explore connectivity partnerships to points in both airlines’ networks.
Earlier this week, Garuda Indonesia announced its Vaccinated Travel Lane flights from Jakarta to Singapore. Read about that here.
“I hope that the commercial cooperation between the two airlines will create a more comfortable and safer travel experience for passengers amid the increasing air traffic between countries. Both airlines carry the same mission in this cooperation, which is to support the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore. We are committed to supporting the acceleration of economic and tourism recovery by participating in ensuring the readiness of air transport infrastructure, particularly in anticipation of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme between Indonesia and Singapore. This cooperation is a great opportunity to our business momentum, as Garuda Indonesia has become the first Indonesian airline that leverages vaccination-based travel programmes to and from Indonesia by collaborating with Singapore Airlines. All these improvements to a comfortable and safe travel experience have been implemented in addition to the strict health protocols already in place.Mr Irfan Setiaputra, President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia