On 26 March 2017, KLM will launch a thrice daily service between Milan Malpensa and Schiphol, in addition to the existing service from Milan Linate. In addition, Air France operates five flights a day between Milan Malpensa and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This provides passengers from Milan with connections to more than 260 destinations with a maximum transfer time of four hours in Amsterdam or Paris.
With the resumption of services to Italy’s second most important airport, Malpensa, we are now able to offer our customers a choice of two Milanese airports with direct connections to Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle, the gateways to KLM and Air France’s entire global network – Harm Kreulen, Air France-KLM Senior Vice President Benelux.
In addition to the Milan Malpensa service, KLM already added two new seasonal destinations to its network at the end of last year for 2017, namely Cagliari and Catania.
Barely a fortnight into 2017 and KLM has already won two prizes. The German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has declared KLM the safest European airline. KLM comes fifth in the JACDEC worldwide rankings.
KLM is also the most punctual airline, FlightStats recently announced. This aviation insights company publishes an annual list of international airlines with the best on-time performance records. FlightStats compares airlines on punctuality, flight schedules and flight times. KLM holds first place for global arrival performance.
“This is a marvellous start to the new year. I see this as a wonderful acknowledgement of all our efforts in safety, punctuality and customer focus. We want to continue to give our customers a safe and pleasant travel experience in 2017 – Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.”
KLM has carried 30.4 million passengers last year – a new record. This is an increase of 6.4% compared to 2015. The increase was highest on European routes (7.8%), where we carried more than 20 million passengers for the first time. Load factor rose slightly by 0.8 of a percentage point compared to 2015.
“The fact that customers appreciate our efforts is not only expressed in our improved customer satisfaction rating, but also in the increasing number of passengers we carried, which exceeded 30 million for the first time this year. A great milestone. In 2016, we added a total of 14 new destinations to our network. Thus further expanding our market position – Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.”
During the first week of this year, KLM was named Europe’s safest airline by the German body Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), and ranked 5th worldwide.
Elsewhere, the 2016 Punctuality Report issued by OAG concluded that KLM had the best on-time performance among European airlines, ranking 3rd worldwide.
At KLM Cargo traffic was down 9.8% and capacity down 8.3%. We saw a slight improvement in December, which may be a sign that the tide is changing.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume service to London City Airport after an absence of almost eight years. KLM will begin with daily service and, in the weeks thereafter, increase frequency to four daily flights on weekdays and one to two flights a day on weekends.
London City is KLM’s 17th destination in the United Kingdom served directly from Amsterdam. The launch of service to London City confirms the importance of the United Kingdom within the KLM network.
Once again, KLM is strengthening its European network by flying independently to London City. From now on, passengers on this route can enjoy all the advantages of KLM services and digital products. And the flight schedule is extremely attractive for business travelers – Boet Kreiken – Managing Director KLM Cityhopper.
The flights will be operated by KLM Cityhopper using Embraer 190 equipment, which can carry up to 100 passengers. In addition to this service, KLM also offers its passengers various flights to London City in cooperation with CityJet, also from Rotterdam.
Starting today (November, 2nd 2016), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is starting service to Dublin, Ireland per February 2017. Today saw the first official flight. The flight received a festive welcome at Dublin Airport. And the aircraft flew Dutch and Irish colors from the cockpit.
We are proud to be flying to Ireland’s beautiful capital in KLM Cityhopper’s Embraer 190.The addition of Dublin to KLM’s route network is yet another endorsement of continuous investment to best serve the market. Ireland is experiencing a blossoming economy and strong growth in the tourist sector. Besides the Dublin-Amsterdam route, the direct KLM connection offers access to KLM’s European and intercontinental network – and all at attractive prices, and featuring an excellent flight schedule – Boet Kreiken – Managing Director KLM Cityhopper.
Daily flights to Dublin during the 2016 winter schedule will use an Embraer 190 which seats 100 passengers. Flight KL935 from Amsterdam to Dublin departs at 12.10 PM and arrives at 12.50 PM local time. The return flight, KL936, departs from Dublin at 13.20 and arrives at Schiphol at 15.55. Flight KL939 from Amsterdam will depart at 21.20 and arrive in Dublin at 22.00, local time. Flight KL932 from Dublin will depart at 05.55 and arrive in Amsterdam at 08.30, local time. Starting 26 March, KLM will increase its frequency to Dublin from twice to four times a day.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will increase the number of flights between Amsterdam and Buenos Aires to five a week. These flights also proceed from the Argentinian capital to Santiago de Chile, which means KLM has also increased its Buenos Aires to Santiago service with one extra weekly flight.
The new flight to Buenos Aires, which will be operated from 31 October, departs from Amsterdam on Mondays, returning to Amsterdam from Buenos Aires on Tuesdays. With five weekly direct services between the two capitals, KLM increases its seat capacity in both directions by 25%.
I am very pleased that we can celebrate 70 years of service between Buenos Aires and Amsterdam with an increase in flight frequency, expanding our presence and investment in the Argentinian market. In addition, KLM has gained permission, thanks to successful negotiations between the Argentinian and Dutch governments, to begin operating daily service in the near future. This will ensure even more options for KLM passengers travelling between Amsterdam and Buenos Aires, as well as those travelling via Amsterdam to other parts of the world – KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers.