Having only been on the SIN-AMS portion of the CGK-AMS route, what is the purpose of the route? I know colonial ties and all but what remains of those ties now? Are the Dutch investing a lot in the country? Or does the political elite love going to NL?
- The Netherlands is the fifth largest foreign investor
in Indonesia, after Singapore, China, Japan and Hong Kong.
- For Indonesia, the Netherlands is the gateway to the EU (trade), and Indonesia (ASEAN region) is that for the Netherlands.
- The Indonesian diaspora in the Netherlands consists of approximately two million people
. (After Indonesian independence, some 330,000 people emigrated to the Netherlands.)
- Before the pandemic, more than 220,000 Dutch tourists
traveled to Indonesia every year.
- KLM flies to Denpasar because it is a popular holiday destination.
- For the Indonesian diaspora, Jakarta is an important destination for family visits. Most families are originally from the former Batavia (Jakarta) region and Bandung.
- Jakarta is an important transfer airport for the diaspora from the Moluccas and Papua region.
- For Dutch backpackers or traveling around Java, Jakarta is an important starting point. A popular rail journey is Jakarta-Bandung-Yokyakarta-Malang-Surabaya and ends in Bali.
- A popular route is (KLM) inbound to Jakarta, then sightseeing in Java, and then an outbound Denpasar (KLM) flight to Amsterdam.
- The fifth freedom flights CGK-KUL and DEN-SIN are very competitive. KLM tickets are cheaper than, for example, AirAsia. Plus KLM flies with a widebody, in-flight entertainment and free snacks and drinks. The disadvantage is that there is only one flight per day.
- And Garuda Indonesia is more highly regarded in the Netherlands than KLM. Garuda is often more expensive than KLM.