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KLM launches airlift to pick up stranded travelers from Australia

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From tonight, KLM will start out with an airlift from Schiphol to Australia, which will carry household nearly 2000 Dutch vacationers in the coming days. KLM operates these flights in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In recent months, KLM has now introduced tens of 1000’s of vacationers from all about the environment household. “We are happy to be meaningful in this way throughout this worldwide crisis,” says Rene de Groot, KLM COO. “These flights are excess exclusive in KLM’s background. We have had a robust partnership with Australia since 1950, as the country has been a beneficial desired destination in our community for about 50 many years. It is now the initial time in 20 many years that a different KLM aircraft lands at Sydney Airport. ”

The airplane – KL827 – that departed Schiphol at 08.50 pm is the initial in a sequence of six repatriation flights that flies amongst Amsterdam Schiphol and Australia. It will land at Sydney Airport on April four and fly to Schiphol on April five exactly where it will arrive on April six. This flight will be repeated from April six-10 April *). KLM will then fly back again and forth 4 occasions to Kuala Lumpur *) and from there associate Malaysia Airlines will decide on up the Dutch from Australia and acquire them to Kuala Lumpur exactly where they will transfer to a KLM flight to Schiphol. There will also be flown to other Australian metropolitan areas and to New Zealand.


50 many years of Australia

It was KLM’s would like just before the Second Earth War to fly directly to the Australian continent, but it took a though just before it arrived accurate. With the London-Melbournerace in 1934, the airline now shown that it was capable to cover such a long length properly. But landing rights under no circumstances arrived.

Fly 3 and a 50 % days

On December seven, 1950, the time had occur and KLM done a passenger flight to Sydney for the initial time. “Fortunately, we can do that speedier now than we did then. It now normally takes us just about 23 several hours. Again then it took 3 and a 50 % days to get there,”explains De Groot. The airline continued to go back again and forth to Sydney for 50 many years, till the partnership with Malaysian Air Method, today’s Malaysia Airlines, was expanded. KLM expanded the amount of flights to Kuala Lumpur and there have been connections to various locations in Australia and New Zealand.


Dutch vacationers abroad who are unable to set up their return them selves due to the Corona crisis are supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Verbond van Verzekeraars, the vacation sector organization ANVR and various other partners in the environment of vacation, such as KLM. To this finish, the companies have decided to acquire the enhanced exclusive international guidance tactic. The main of this is an arrangement for Dutch vacationers stranded abroad who cannot count on a vacation organization or airline. The internet site on which vacationers can sign up is: www.bijzonderebijstandbuitenland.nl. Emergency centers will then coordinate and manage the vital air transport for the return.

*) with reservation, these flights are nevertheless in preparation

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