KLM is building back up its European network of destinations and has announced increased frequencies, plus four brand-new destinations for the summer season: Belgrade, Verona (pictured above), Palma de Mallorca and Dubrovnik. This means the Amstelveen-headquartered carrier will be offering a total of 96 routes.
Commenting on the news, KLM president and CEO Pieter Elbers said: “We are extremely pleased that there are more possibilities to travel again. In this respect, we respond as flexibly as possible to market conditions. At KLM, we are prepared to carry our passengers to their destinations in a completely responsible manner. We offer our customers a flexible travel policy and the highest standard of hygiene.”
Compared to the summer of 2019, a number of changes have been made to the network: Växjö (Sweden) is temporarily suspended and the destinations Marseille and Nantes will once again be operated by Air France from Schiphol. Southampton, Poznan and Cork were added to the network earlier this year.
In terms of the four new destinations, KLM has announced the following schedule:
- Belgrade – from 13 May, up to 7 times a week
- Verona – from 26 June, up to 7 times a week
- Palma de Mallorca – from 26 June, up to 7 times a week
- Dubrovnik – from 26 June, up to 7 times a week
Extra capacity to popular destinations
KLM will add flights or deploy larger aircraft to popular destinations such as Porto and Ibiza during the months of July and August. Compared to previous years, KLM says that it will deploy relatively more capacity to southern European destinations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Greece. The expected capacity on the European flights will be between 50 and 75 per cent.
Flying safely and hygienically
The carrier say that it has set “the highest possible standard to ensure optimal health and hygiene for passengers, before, during and after their journey”. For its efforts, KLM recently received the Diamond APEX certification, which means that it is one of the leading airlines in the field of hygiene and health safety.