KLM to Operate Direct Flights to 167 Destinations This Summer

KLM is set to operate direct flights to 167 destinations this summer. Between March 27 and October 29, the airline will fly to 96 European and 71 intercontinental destinations, offering a vast number of flight options for business and leisure travelers alike. 

The airline is increasing capacity on its intercontinental route network by 17 percent compared to last year, in response to a rising trend in bookings. This summer, KLM will operate daily flights to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, increasing the frequency to Curaçao to twice daily during the summer holiday season. Port of Spain, KLM's new tropical destination in the winter schedule, is included in the summer schedule too, offering customers thrice weekly flights between Amsterdam and the capital of Trinidad and Tobago.  

Since the USA eased travel restrictions in November 2021, demand for flights has grown steadily. KLM capacity to the USA this summer matches that of 2019. The resumption of flights to Salt Lake City and the new addition of Austin to its network, means KLM will be operating direct services this summer to 12 destinations in the United States, the highest number ever. KLM will operate three flights a week to Austin starting March 28.

With the demand for air travel also increasing in European Union countries, KLM is responding by expanding capacity on European routes by 10 percent compared to last year, almost matching the 2019 pre-pandemic level. This amounts to about 16 million seats in total. The Portuguese cities of Porto and Lisbon, with three and four flights a day respectively, are just some of the destinations seeing an increase in KLM flights. 

New destinations Belgrade, Dubrovnik, and Palma de Mallorca, which were added to the KLM route network last year, will once again be included in the summer schedule. KLM also expects business travelers to return, which is why frequencies are being added to British, German and Polish routes. 

In Asia, KLM says the summer demand is increasing for such destinations as the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Bali. India too has indicated that it will be easing travel restrictions. KLM will respond by increasing frequencies to Delhi and Mumbai

Travel restrictions continue in China, which means the airline is yet resume its usual network services to the country. 

Capacity on most routes to South America has been restored to more or less pre-pandemic levels. The airline is currently operating daily services to Sao Paulo, Panama City and Lima, with a minimum of six flights a week to Quito/Guayaquil, Bogota/Cartagena, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires/Santiago de Chile

Passengers wanting to fly to Africa on KLM this summer can now choose between 10 destinations. Capacity has been expanded on many routes, compared to last summer, to meet the growing demand. Zanzibar, which was added to its route network last year, is once again included in the summer schedule. KLM is also operating services to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Accra, Lagos, Kigali, Entebbe, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, and Dar es Salaam

Services to Kyiv, St Petersburg and Moscow continue to be suspended. KLM is keeping a close eye on developments in the region. 

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