The flag carrier of Southeast Asia’s most populous country is taking steps to curb the spread of Covid-19, with middle seats left empty to adhere to social-distancing measures.
Indonesia may be taking a light-touch approach when it comes to lockdowns, but the national carrier is largely in step with other airlines around the world, with passengers now required to wear non-medical masks at the airport and during the flight. As an extra precaution, body temperatures are checked at the departure gate, while the airline is now providing hand sanitizers on every touch-point during the pre-boarding process and inside the aircraft cabin. On board all flights, an empty seat is being left between each passenger for added peace of mind.
All cabin crew members must undergo health checks before and after duty, and use face masks and gloves throughout the flight, although they will not be wearing disposable gowns or a full PPE suit. Inflight meal services been modified on domestic routes until June 30, all pillows and reading materials are no longer available in aircraft cabins to reduce the risk of infection via high-touch surfaces.
Garuda has also ramped up its hygiene protocols, with a daily-deep clean of aircraft in use and an additional cleaning process before each departure. Thorough disinfection is carried out on a regular basis to kill germs and viruses, with a focus on areas that have been in direct contact with previous passengers, including lavatories, seats, tray tables, headrests and armrests, overhead compartments, and the galley.
Travelers can rest assured that the carrier recently replaced its HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, a common feature across the entire Garuda Indonesia fleet. The hospital-grade filters are standard in the global aviation industry, and remove 99.99 percent of dust particles and airborne contaminants inside the cabin.
Those who are still intent on traveling domestically at this time must meet certain conditions, which are explained on a special Garuda webpage. It’s packed with the latest information on entry restrictions, flight schedules, and required documents for air travel.