KLM Announces Major Expansion

Daniel Fowkes
03 Oct 2023
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PH-BVR - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines - Boeing 777-300 - "Nationaal Park Gunung Mulu / Gunung Mulu National Park"

KLM has announced a major expansion to its global network this upcoming winter season.

The airline will add Marseille as part of its European network starting October 29th. A commitment to this city is seen through a thrice daily service.

KLM also says it’ll fly towards Rovaniemi in Finland with a twice-weekly service. Rennes will operate daily within Europe, too. Meanwhile, seats across Europe have risen 7% to reflect continued growth and rebuild.

Africa will see two destinations in South Africa alone, including Johannesburg and Cape Town. Additionally, the carrier flags 777-300 flights to Accra and Nairobi. Meanwhile, continuing with their African presence, there will be six flights a week to Lagos in Nigeria. Kigali in Rwanda and Entebbe in Uganda will see flights five times a week.

Tanzania will also see a substantial amount of services with Kilimanjaro in combination with Dar es Salaam five times a week, with Zanzibar and two flights with Dar es Salaam.

North America will see 19 destinations with daily service to Washington—an increase of three extra weekly flights. For Canada alone, there’ll be a 20% increase in seats offered to the likes of Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.

South America will see Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Panama all present as part of the network from Amsterdam. There will be six flights to Lima, Quito, and Guayaquil.

Curacao will see a daily service. However, this will increase to 11 times per week during the busy peak season. In combination with Bonaire, Aruba will see a daily service utilising the Airbus A330. St Maarten will be combined with Port of Spain with three to four weekly flights. Meanwhile, Paramaribo will see six weekly flights operating the 777-300.

Asia and the Middle East will see substantial growth, too. While Asia hasn’t yet fully recovered from the effects of the global pandemic, it will see significant growth. KLM says it’ll grow capacity towards Riyadh and Dammam.

There’ll also be daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai. Hong Kong will witness one extra weekly flight, bringing the total to four. Tokyo Narita will operate alongside many other services.

KLM says that Barbados, Kuwait, Bahrain and Muscat will all be removed from the network this winter.

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