Garuda Indonesia may be forced to change Amsterdam service

3 Jun 2015 23:04:07

Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia may be forced to add a stopover to its recently introduced Jakarta-Amsterdam nonstop service as a result of runway certification problems at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

The airline's 5X-weekly Boeing 777-300ER flight schedule was premiered in May last year, as part of Garuda's move to make Amsterdam its European hub for connecting services.

But Soekarno-Hatta's Pavement Classification Number (PCN) runway certification has been amended downward and can no longer consistently take the takeoff load of a fully laden 777. The weight restriction issues with the heavily used runways at Soekarno-Hatta have meant Garuda has not been able to maximize the take-off weight for the long-haul Amsterdam flights.

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