KLM Royal Dutch Airlines added three new destinations to its network this week, operating inaugural flights to Fukuoka in Japan, Manston Kent in the United Kingdom, and Ålesund in Norway.
Manston Kent, an alternative for London
On Tuesday, 2 April, a Fokker 70 set off to Manston Kent Airport in the United Kingdom. KLM will operate twice-daily service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Manston, the international airport of County Kent. With the addition of the destination Manston Kent, KLM extends its comprehensive network of services to cities in the United Kingdom. This brings the total number of British destinations to 14. The new destination offers passengers travelling to and from Kent an alternative to the busy roads around and airspace over airports in London.
First direct service between Fukuoka and Europa
On Wednesday, 3 April, a Boeing 777-200ER set off to Fukuoka in Japan. The KLM aircraft was welcomed by the governor of Kyushu and the mayor of Fukuoka. With this service, KLM becomes the first European airline to offer direct flights between Fukuoka and Europe. Fukuoka is KLM’s third Japanese destination, in addition to Tokyo and Osaka. This new route will raise the total number of weekly flights between Amsterdam and Japan to 21 during the 2013 summer season. The new service will be operated thrice weekly.
Ålesund service strengthens KLM’s position in Norway
On Thursday, April 4, a Fokker 70 set off to Ålesund in Norway. This brings the total number of KLM destinations in Norway to seven. The addition of Ålesund to the network further strengthens KLM’s position in Norway.