Garuda Indonesia has announced it will join KLM, AeroMexico and other carriers in the SkyTeam airline alliance from March next year.

Announced today, the airline will be the alliance’s twentieth international member, first Indonesian carrier and second Southeast Asia member.

Garuda Indonesia president Emirsyah Satar said over the past few years the airline had commenced cooperation with SkyTeam airlines including Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines, with the objective of joining the alliance.

“As the first Indonesian airline to join this world-class alliance, our strategic target is to continuously strengthen profitability and boost international market competitiveness,” Mr Satar explained.

Mid-last year, the SkyTeam received its first South American member, Aerolineas Argentinas and could welcome Virgin Atlantic to its team, with reports the airline is considering the SkyTeam alliance.