KLM will focus its intercontinental expansion on South America. After several years KLM will start service again to Santiago de Chile (Chile) in February 2014. This is already KLM’s ninth destination in Central and South America, showing the importance of this growing region for our long-haul network. Also this winter we will add Florence to our European network, operating twice-daily service to this Italian city famous for his history, artistic and architectural heritage.
In addition to these new destinations, KLM will make seasonal adjustments to capacity in accordance with market demand and will seek to strengthen and, where possible, expand cooperation with partners. Overall, KLM will increase its network capacity by 2.8% this winter, compared to the winter of 2012-13.
We will also pursue fleet and product developments that are already underway. This winter we will begin replacing our Fokker 70 fleet with six new Embraer 90s, and we will complete the reconfiguration of our new World Business Class aboard our Boeing 747 fleet. Our Boeing 777s are next up for full reconfiguration.
Further expansion of European destination portfolio
Apart from Florence, Italy, KLM will continue operating to Kent (England) and Ålesund (Norway) this winter. These two destinations were added to the network this summer, and KLM has now decided to serve them year-round. In addition, KLM will increase capacity to Aalborg (Denmark), Athens (Greece) and Basel (Switzerland). The latter destination will be serve three daily frequencies from the start of the winter schedule.
This not only strengthens KLM’s European network and connectivity, but also ensures that KLM can offer additional connections to passengers flying on its intercontinental network.
North America – network optimisation
KLM will increase its capacity to existing destinations in North America to anticipate on specific strong winter seasonal demand and to enhance cooperation with its partners. In December and January, KLM will operate nine weekly flights to Mexico City (up from
seven) to meet increasing demand. This will also benefit KLM’s code-sharing partner AeroMéxico, offering a wide array of new connections.
KLM will also increase capacity in Canada. This winter, we will operate six weekly flights to Calgary, supported by the excellent connections of our Canadian partner West Jet.
Central and South America – cooperation as foundation for growth
In addition to Santiago de Chile, KLM will offer service to several other new destinations in cooperation with various partners. The Jamaican cities of Montego Bay and Kingston will be served this winter in cooperation with COPA Airlines. KLM will also intensify cooperation with Brazilian carrier GOL, offering flights to more destinations through Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Furthermore KLM will intensive its cooperation with InselAir to establish better connections to Caribbean destinations through Curacao.
Africa – network stabilisation
In Africa, our partnership with Kenya Airways is key. KLM is constantly striving to optimise this cooperative venture in order to offer an ever-growing network of African destinations. As was the case in summer, KLM will suspend direct service between Amsterdam and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Khartoum (Sudan). These cities will be served by Kenya Airways through Nairobi.
KLM will, however, increase its own capacity to several African destinations, including Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda), which will now be served daily.
Asia – growth in Southeast Asia
KLM will continue operating its service to Fukuoka (Japan) which was launched this summer. In addition, KLM has adjusted its Asian network in various ways to better meet market demand and improve its overall product. Flight frequency to Bangkok (Thailand) has, for instance, been increase from seven to 10 weekly services.
KLM will further build on a partnership with Jet Airways of India which was already launched last summer to enhance connectivity between India and Europa. KLM will continue to offer its passengers service to the Indian cities of Madras, Hyderabad and Bangalore through Delhi, to which KLM operates daily service.
Middle East – growth in cooperation with Etihad
In the Middle-East, KLM will this winter also optimise its partnership with Etihad Airways, increasing flight frequency to Etihad’s home base Abu Dhabi. By offering daily service, both partners will consolidate their cooperation. In addition to this capacity increase, KLM will also expand its network in cooperation with Etihad this winter, offering service to the Seychelles, Maldives, Brisbane (Australia), Khartoum (Sudan) and Karachi (Pakistan) via Abu Dhabi.
KLM will also increase capacity to Dubai this winter, offering 11 flights a week to this destination.