SINGAPORE: Indonesian flag carrier Garuda has reinstated daily flights between Singapore and Medan, 14 years after it cancelled the unpopular route.
In a media release on Tuesday (Jun 14), the airline said the decision was made in line with the airline's expansion plan, Garuda's 50th anniversary in Singapore, as well as to boost tourist traffic to Medan's Lake Toba.
“We believe this new service will stimulate growth of business and trade in the region," said the airline's CEO and President Arif Wibowo, adding that the flight will offer passengers greater flexibility and convenience when travelling between Singapore and cities such as Palembang, Banda Aceh, Sabang, Lheuksmawe, Gunung Sitoli and Pinangsori.
Garuda cancelled its Medan-Singapore service in 2002 – just one year after the route was launched – due to low public interest, Indonesian media reports said.
The Garuda flight will depart every day from Changi Airport at 11.15am and arrive at Kualanamu International Airport at 11.45am local time. The return leg will depart Medan at 1.30pm and arrive at Changi Airport at 4pm local time.