Garuda resuming services to HK

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Garuda Indonesia, which has been receiving Boeing 737-800s on lease, has resumed services on the Denpasar-Hong Kong and Surabaya-Hong Kong routes.

The carrier says in a statement it has resumed Denpasar-Hong Kong and Surabaya-Hong Kong with four-times-weekly and thrice-weekly services respectively using 737-800s.

It says this represents a resumption of services rather than the launch of completely new services.

Garuda executive VP of finance Eddy Porwanto adds in the statement that Gaurda aims to make its Denpasar-Hong Kong service seven-times-weekly by the end of this year.

The statement fails to mention when the airline earlier suspended services on these routes but in recent years Garuda has temporarily suspended services to Hong Kong because of the fall-out from the Bali bombings and the SARS outbreak.

The carrier will be competing on the Surabaya-Hong Kong route against Cathay Pacific Airways and on the Denpasar-Hong Kong route it will be up against Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Express according to Innovata.

Garuda is able to resume services now because it has been receiving 737-800s on lease. The airline also has 737-800s on order from Boeing and the first of these is due to come in the middle of this year, it adds.