Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Indonesia Nation Flag Carrier Airlines
Garuda Indonesia (officially, PT (Persero) Perusahaan Penerbangan Garuda Indonesia) is the national airline of Indonesia. It is named after the mythical bird Garuda. In Indian Vedic tradition, Garuda is the carrier of the Hindu god Vishnu. The airline is based in Jakarta at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, with hubs at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, Juanda International Airport, Surabaya, Polonia International Airport, Medan, Sepinggan International Airport, Balikpapan, and Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore. The airline flies to a number of destinations in South-East and East Asia, the Middle East and Australia, and previously flew to several destinations in Europe. However, as of January 2008, Garuda, along with all Indonesian airlines, is banned from flying to the EU. It is wholly owned by the Indonesian Government and employs 6,285 staff (as of March 2007).