Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Garuda Indonesia resumed flights to Taiwan Friday after a break of almost eight years, with the first plane landing at the country's main airport at around 6:15 a.m.
The Garuda flight from Jakarta was greeted with a welcome ceremony held by airport management at Taoyuan International Airport.
Following a resumption of its services between Jakarta and Tokyo in April, the Indonesia carrier decided to also restart services to Taipei.
Garuda withdrew from the Taiwan market in September 2004 after three decades of service. At the time, Taiwan and other countries in the region were struggling with an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Currently, Garuda provides services to 19 international and 33 domestic destinations.
(By Bien Chin-feng and Frances Huang)