AviationFlying united: Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia deepen their relationship.

Tourism the big winner in new SIA-Garuda agreement

An expanded SIA-Garuda joint venture is expected to boost regional tourism.
An expanded SIA-Garuda joint venture is expected to boost regional tourism. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Maria

Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia will enter a joint venture (JV) to increase passenger capacity between the two countries, although the flag carriers have stopped short of expanding the proposed agreement to include international connections.

The main objective of the JV is the expansion of capacity between Singapore and Indonesia by increasing the scope of a 2021 MOU which includes codeshares, alignment of frequent flier programmes, and joint marketing campaigns.

The plan will cover routes between Singapore and Denpasar, Jakarta, and Surabaya.

The carriers will also explore the implementation of new initiatives, including joint fare products and an alignment of corporate programmes.

"This joint venture ... reflects our firm commitment to grow the aviation markets in Indonesia and Singapore, facilitating a greater level of business and people connections and promoting both countries as regional tourism destinations," said Goh Choon Phong, CEO, Singapore Airlines.

Irfan Setiaputra, Garuda Indonesia president and CEO, said, “This deepening relationship may also strengthen tourist flows between Indonesia and Singapore, which makes it easier for international tourists to create their remarkable South-east Asia journey – visiting the uniqueness of Singapore and exploring the exoticism of Indonesia’s multiculturalism.”

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