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Garuda, JAL expand codeshare agreement

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has expanded its codeshare agreement with Japan Airlines (JAL), offering more flight options to customers of both airlines.

Garuda agreed to become a marketing carrier for Haneda-Osaka Itami round-trip flights offered by JAL. Meanwhile, JAL also inked a deal to become Garuda’s marketing carrier for Jakarta-Osaka Kansai and Jakarta-Nagoya round-trip flights. 

Garuda commercial director Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah said he expected the expanded codeshare, which will take effect starting May 8, to bolster flight connectivity in Asia-Pacific. 

“Japan represents a very important market for Garuda Indonesia. We hope this expanded agreement will provide our customers with more alternative flight options to or from Japan,” Pikri said in a statement. 

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He added that Garuda would also collaborate with JAL to develop a frequent flyer program. 

The original codeshare agreement between the two airlines added more options to Garuda’s Jakarta-Haneda, Jakarta-Yogyakarta, Jakarta-Surabaya and Jakarta-Narita flight routes. 

JAL has also added more options to its Narita-Jakarta, Haneda-Nagoya, Haneda-New Chitose and Haneda-Fukuoka routes through the original agreement. 

“Through the expanded codeshare agreement, both Garuda and JAL currently have 11 flight routes between Indonesia and Japan,” Pikri said. (rfa/wng)