Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia signed off on a deal with Auckland Airport on Monday as part of its business expansion in New Zealand.
"New Zealand is a [high] tourism and business potential country and we would like to take this opportunity to connect Jakarta and Auckland," Garuda president director Emirsyah Satar said on the sidelines of the inking of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Jakarta.
He also said that the agreement covered promotional activities to be conducted by Garuda and Auckland Airport in order to promote Indonesia to New Zealanders.
"We are planning to open the route in early 2013," he added.
Garuda will use the Airbus A330-300 to fly the route.
In addition, the Jakarta-Auckland route will help Garuda to connect its passengers to Latin American countries, expanding its global network.
The MoU was signed by Emirsyah and Auckland Airport chairwoman Joan Withers, and was witnessed by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan and his New Zealand counterpart Tim Groser.