December 1, 2020

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KLM reduces capacity in Europe in response to second wave

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The 2nd wave of coronavirus in Europe has resulted in new lockdowns, prompting KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to make network changes for the coming time period. KLM will continue to keep serving as quite a few destinations as attainable, but will cut down seat ability and flight frequency.

Amstelveen – WEBWIRE


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In the coming months, KLM will serve all over 90-95% of the European destinations it served right before the disaster. Support will be suspended to a number of places, mostly in the United Kingdom. General capability aboard European flights will be reduced from about 50% to 40% in comparison to pre-corona figures.

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In terms of intercontinental assistance, the number of passenger flights will be about 50-60% of pre-corona levels. If we contain our cargo-only providers, we will be operating close to 65% of our flights.

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Community tactic

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All through the program of the pandemic, KLM strategically opted to restore service to as several of its network locations as possible. In response to the prevailing conditions, we are carrying out so with much less flights and smaller plane. This implies our shoppers have the widest attainable option of destinations, enabling us to retain our network by means of our Amsterdam hub. We are also serving several of our intercontinental locations on a cargo-only foundation, in compliance with recent vacation limits.

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This strategy has proved successful in the latest months and has ensured that we did not have to trim our community as rigorously as some other airlines. August and September showed apparent indicators of restoration.

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Regrettably, the second wave has led to new limits in the course of Europe, not just in the Netherlands. Potential will consequently be trimmed all over again into the coming period of time. KLM will manage its present community approach, even incorporating numerous new locations. Relying on developments, even more changes will be built in the coming time period.

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New places

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The corona pandemic confirms that a versatile community is pretty vital. By opening new routes, we can make up for declining demand from customers on other routes. KLM also strengthens its marketplace placement whenever it adds a new location to its community. The adhering to products and services have been lately extra or will be included in the coming months:

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  • Powerful 4 January, KLM will run 4 weekly flights to Riyadh (Saudi-Arabia)
  • Productive 10 December, KLM will function 2 times-weekly support to Zanzibar, with a cease in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) on the return leg to Amsterdam
  • Considering the fact that 8 November, we have operated thrice-daily support to the new airport Berlin Brandenburg (Germany)
  • On 29 October, KLM resumed its circle flight Amsterdam-Calgary-Edmonton-Amsterdam, therefore restoring support to Edmonton
  • Since 25 October, we have operated day-to-day service to Poznan (Poland)
  • Considering that 24 October, KLM has resumed weekly services from Amsterdam to Chengdu and from Beijing to Amsterdam.

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