Jakarta, 27 September 2022 - The national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia on Monday (26/9) began flying 1 (one) A330-300 fleet carrying more than 32 tons of aid from the Indonesian government for the people of Pakistan, as a form of support for the victims affected by the disastrous floods in Pakistan. The delivery of aid —basic and support needs as well as medicines—is the first of 2 (two) humanitarian flights initiated by the Government of Indonesia through the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) with a total transport of 61 tons.

The two flights departed in stages from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport (Jakarta) to Jinnah International Airport (Karachi) via Banda Aceh. The first flight departed from Jakarta, Monday (26/9) at 12.00 LT, where the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo was also present to witness and send off the departure of the aircraft with flight number GA-7500.

The aircraft taking the humanitarian aid is scheduled to arrive at Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport, Banda Aceh at 14.55 LT. Furthermore, the plane will depart from Banda Aceh, Tuesday (27/9) at 05.55 LT and land in Karachi at 12.00 LT.

The second special flight, namely GA-7520, is planned to depart from Jakarta today, Tuesday (27/9) at 02.00 LT. The plane is scheduled to arrive in Banda Aceh at 04.55 LT, depart from Banda Aceh at 06.55 LT, and is scheduled to arrive in Karachi at 10.00 LT on the same day.

Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra said, "It is an honor when we can carry out the state's mandate and become the front guard in realizing the concern of the Indonesian people for the people of Pakistan," explained Irfan.

Irfan explained, in ensuring the smooth process of sending the humanitarian aid, Garuda Indonesia received full support from various parties, including stakeholders, in ensuring flight security and safety. Not only that but Garuda Indonesia also ensured that the flight operations complied with international logistics shipping licensing procedures, particularly in terms of the eligibility standards for cargo distribution.

"Garuda Indonesia expresses its appreciation and gratitude to all parties who continue to intensively provide their best support to ensure that the entire flight process can be realized optimally. We hope that the hard work and synergy of all of us in this humanitarian mission will not only ease the burden on the victims of the natural disaster in Karachi but also be able to represent our nation's noble values in strengthening bilateral relations that have been well-established so far," concluded Irfan.




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