Garuda Indonesia has joined SkyTeam as its 20th member, the alliance announced. The national airline of Indonesia, Garuda becomes the second airline from Southeast Asia.

SkyTeam said Garuda’s membership adds Jakarta as an alternative gateway to and from Southeast Asia, as well as 40 new destinations to SkyTeam’s global network served by the alliance.

“Garuda’s entry into the alliance will give its customers access to SkyTeam’s 1,064 destinations that cover more than 90% of the most relevant traffic flows in the world,” SkyTeam managing director Michael Wisbrun said. “Garuda strengthens our presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region for our 588 million global passengers.”

Garuda president and CEO Emirsyah Satar said, “For the past three years, Garuda Indonesia has been actively forging cooperation with the other 19 member airlines with this objective in mind and it has been an incredible journey.” Garuda Indonesia connects SkyTeam’s extensive network to “one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia via its hubs in Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar, Medan, Surabaya and Balikpapan,” Satar added.