On the 23rd of November 2016, the first scheduled departure of SIA's new (3 times weekly) route between SIN-JKT-SYD was due to depart, boosting the available seats between SYD-JKT and increasing the competition currently held between Garuda Indonesia and Qantas.
Papers were signed between SIA, the Jakarta Airport Authority and of-course Sydney, tickets were sold and the travelling public seemed to be increasingly happy with this 3rd option when travelling to our near neighbour.
The SIA Boeing 772ER equipment was selected for the route, configured with 26 business class seats and 245 economy seats. It was scheduled to operate from Sydney as SQ262 on Tues, Thur and Saturday at 11:00am (local time) and the Inbound flight, SQ261 would depart SIN at 20:15pm (local time) and then JKT at 22:25pm (local time) arriving in Sydney the next day at 9:30am.
Everything was moving in the right direction until Wednesday the 16th of November, when the airline announced that the Jakarta Airport Authority had advised that this new service would no longer be possible, due to the delay in fixing one of the main runways in Jakarta. One can only assume that there's no extra landing permit slots available under the current circumstances.
SIA has begun the process of rebooking passengers on the new service to Jakarta via Singapore, adding an extra 5-6 hours flying/transit time.
No date has been set for the resumption of this new service. When it does finally commence, this will boost the number of flights between SIN and SYD to 34 per week, and 74 per week between SIN-JKT.