Today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and London City Airport launched a new route between London City and Amsterdam, with the inaugural flight landing at 07:20 this morning.
The first flight from Airport Amsterdam Schiphol received a festive welcome at London City Airport with the aircraft flying Dutch and UK colours as it taxied to the arrival gate.
On board were Boet Krieken, Managing Director, KLM Cityhopper and Warner Rootliep, General Manager Air France-KLM Great Britain & Ireland.
“We’re delighted to be back in the heart of London city. The new KLM service will offer our passengers a seamless and efficient service from Central London, not only to Amsterdam, but also to exciting worldwide destinations such as New York, Dubai and Hong Kong. We know how important connectivity is to both our corporate clients and our leisure customers and we are confident that this new service will be another KLM success story.” said Warner Rootliep.
Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport met the delegation, officially welcoming the carrier back to London City after a gap of almost 8 years.
“It is a pleasure to welcome back KLM, the national flag carrier of the Netherlands, to the only London airport actually in London, boosting our long-haul connectivity and offering greater choice to passengers travelling between Amsterdam and London. Amsterdam continues to be a hugely popular route for the airport, last year seeing 6% of passenger growth and becoming the second busiest route in terms of passenger numbers. Now KLM customers will benefit from the speedy and efficient passenger experience that London City Airport offers, and the advantages of our location – a short distance from the City of London.”
As of today, KLM will start a one-daily service from the conveniently located London City Airport to KLM’s award-winning hub at Airport Amsterdam Schiphol and will further increase frequencies in the following weeks reaching four frequencies per day in time for the commencement of the KLM Summer schedule at the end of March 2017.
The airline will offer a number of connections to its worldwide network of over 150 destinations, including New York, Dubai, Hong Kong and Lagos. All flights will be operated by KLM Cityhopper, using Embraer 190 aircraft, carrying up to 100 passengers.
Fares start from £89 return in economy including all taxes. Flights are available to book from the KLM website www.klm.com, or at KLM Reservations on 0207 66 00 293 and local travel agents.
Key facts about KLM
KLM is part of the AIR FRANCE-KLM Group and was recently declared the safest European airline by the German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC). KLM comes fifth in the JACDEC worldwide rankings.
KLM is also the most punctual airline, FlightStats recently announced. FlightStats compares airlines on punctuality, flight schedules and flight times. KLM holds first place for global arrival performance.
KLM offers a choice of 17 departure points in the UK: Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham-Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds-Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Southampton. KLM provides UK passengers with seamless travel to a multitude of worldwide destinations from the convenience of their regional airport.
KLM flies via its multi-award winning hub at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. KLM offers passengers the opportunity to fly in Economy, Economy Comfort and World Business Class. Passengers can book online at www.klm.com as well as save time by checking in online up to one hour before departure.
In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.
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