More Jakarta Evacuation Flights Planned

British Airways is operating two more rescue flights out of Jakarta during the next 12 hours, after advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office that all UK citizens should leave the area of the Indonesian capital as soon as possible.

One of today’s services is the regular scheduled service to London (BA034, scheduled to arrive at Terminal 4 Heathrow Wednesday afternoon), and the second a special evacuation flight that will travel to Kuala Lumpur, where passengers will be able to connect to London.

In the light of the latest FCO travel advice which strongly advises against all travel to Indonesia (except Bali) and to avoid travelling there tomorrow (May 20), the airline is currently reviewing the flight scheduled to leave London for Jakarta tonight. It will definitely fly to Kuala Lumpur as planned. A decision on whether it will travel on to Indonesia will be made later.

The airline will be liaising closely with the Government, the British Embassy and its own team in Jakarta and other relevant authorities to ensure the flights can operate safely. If there are any indications that this is not the case, the services will be held at Kuala Lumpur, pending further information.

The British Airways team in Jakarta is today shutting down their city centre offices, and will base themselves at the city’s airport.