KLM increases flights between Amsterdam and Newcastle International Airport

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has said that it will increase services between Amsterdam and Newcastle International Airport to up to four flights daily, a total of up to 28 flights weekly.

The additional flights will offer even more choice to passengers from across the region to connect onwards to Air France and KLM’s significant global network.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘KLM is a very important and long-standing airline partner of ours, and we welcome the confidence the airline has shown by further investing in the region.

‘As we move from 2021 and into 2022, the added capacity to the schedule will not only improve the region’s connectivity to Amsterdam but also throughout the world thanks to KLM’s wider global network.

‘KLM’s investment at Newcastle International Airport allows even more choice for people to reconnect this Christmas, and we look forward to welcoming more passengers back to the airport.’

Fahmi Mahjoub, Air France & KLM General Manager (UK & Ireland), said: ‘With the addition of the extra service, KLM is pushing its commitment to passengers in Newcastle and the rest of the region even further. While the aviation industry has had to adapt to challenges faced over the past 20 months and we continue to monitor the situation, we are pleased to be in a position where we can increase the number of flights we are offering.

‘With our flexible booking policy, allowing customers to change their flights or obtain a full refund at any time before departure, travellers can feel confident booking with KLM. As we approach the festive season, the additional service gives even more options for our customers to travel and reunite with their loved ones.’

KLM offers flexible rebooking policies allowing passengers the option to rebook from 48 hours before the departure time up until the original time of departure.

KLM is part of the Air France-KLM Group, one of Europe’s largest airline groups.

Newcastle Airport to meet new Netherlands travel requirements

Newcastle Airport has recently said that that all passengers travelling to the Netherlands from the UK will have to show two negative COVID-19 tests.

The Government guidelines permit travelling for a number of reasons including for work and education. In addition to the PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, passengers will also be required to take a Rapid Antigen test at the Airport immediately before departure.

KLM currently operates up to two flights a day from Newcastle Airport to Amsterdam and to onwards connections. The Airport launched an onsite COVID-19 testing clinic in November and has confirmed that it is one of a few airports in the UK that will be able to provide pre-departure Rapid Antigen tests for passengers.

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘With only 36 hours’ notice we have been able to work with our testing provider NPH Group to set up a brand new clinic which will provide Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests for passengers travelling to the Netherlands.

‘The KLM route to Amsterdam is a vital connection between the North East and the rest of the world therefore it is imperative that passengers who need to travel for essential reasons are able to.

‘Passengers travelling tomorrow or in the coming days and weeks can find more information on the Rapid Antigen testing procedure on the NPH Group website and also pre-book their appointment.’

Newcastle Airport has worked with two local medical companies to provide a convenient and efficient on-site testing clinic for passengers. Passengers flying to Amsterdam with KLM are advised to pre-book a Rapid Antigen appointment prior to their flight on the NPH Group website: https://www.nph-group.co.uk/

KLM increases flights from Newcastle to Amsterdam Schiphol

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has increased its services from Newcastle International Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol.

Starting August 3, the airline offers three flights a day to the Dutch capital. After a pause in services from Newcastle for a month, KLM resumed its daily service to Amsterdam on June 1. With the schedule increasing to three flights a day for August, passengers will have more choice and enhanced connection opportunities via Amsterdam Schiphol. Here, UK passengers can connect to the airline’s network of 165 destinations worldwide.

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France KLM in the UK & Ireland said: ‘Our decision to increase the frequency on our Newcastle to Amsterdam service to three flights per day for August is a positive sign of recovery, after what has been, and still is, a challenging time for our industry. As travel restrictions across the UK begin to ease, we are increasing capacity in line with consumer demand.’

‘Naturally, safety is our number one priority as travel gradually resumes and we have introduced a range of measures to ensure passengers can travel with confidence,’ he added.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘The KLM route between Newcastle and Amsterdam is extremely important to both business and leisure passengers across the region. We are delighted to see signs of market recovery and KLM responding to demand by increasing to three flights a day – further improving the opportunity for connection between the North East’s largest Airport and destinations across the world.

‘Our recently introduced Ten Point Plan ensures the terminal is a safe environment for all and along with KLM’s additional safety measures on board their aircraft, we hope this will help to provide confidence to passengers looking to travel with us in the future.’

KLM has introduced a range of measures to ensure safe travel for both passengers and staff. Face masks are mandatory for both passengers and crew when boarding and during the flight. New aircraft cleaning procedures have been introduced including the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens. In addition, the air in the cabin is renewed every three minutes, and the recycling system on board KLM aircraft is equipped with ‘High Efficiency Particulate Air’ or HEPA filters, identical to those used in hospital operating theatres.

Newcastle Airport has launched its Ten Point Plan of safety measures in June. New measures include an enhanced cleaning regime, mandatory face mask wearing, social distancing measures and hand sanitiser stations throughout the journey.

Norwich Airport launches destination guide for annual holidays

Norwich Airport has recently launched its annual destination guide for this year – Fly Norwich 2020 – offering a choice of sun destinations for holidaymakers looking to book their annual holiday.

Fly Norwich 2020 features 21 destinations in 10 countries, with over 700 worldwide connections through Amsterdam, with up to four flights a day from Norwich to the Netherlands.

For 2020, Norwich Airport is offering new direct flights to the Antalya region on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, plus two flights a week to Dalaman in Turkey. In addition, for winter 2020, there are twice weekly flights to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Norwich Airport will offer direct services to Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Paphos), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes), Italy (Bergamo), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain – Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca), Spain – Canaries (Tenerife), and Turkey (Antalya and Dalaman). In the UK there are daily flights to Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and regular services to Jersey, all with Loganair, and Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with Aurigny. There are also day trips and short breaks to Lapland.

Managing Director Richard Pace said: ‘We’re delighted to be publishing the latest edition of Fly Norwich with a host of ideas and inspiration for discovering the world with Norwich Airport.

‘Whether it’s a fly-cruise, short break, summer sun, winter escapes or business links, our fantastic choice of direct flights and even more onward connections via Amsterdam makes the world readily accessible, all with the ease and convenience of flying from your local airport.’

Norwich Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over 544,000 passengers have used the airport over the 12 month period ended March 2019. Carriers operating from Norwich include TUI, KLM and Loganair.

KLM adds an extra 11,000 seats from Aberdeen to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Aberdeen International Airport has said that KLM will add a further daily midweek service to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for the airline’s winter 2019/2020 schedule.

With the addition starting on Monday, October 28, KLM’s winter schedule will increase from the current four midweek flights each day to include an additional fifth service. Using the airline’s 100-seat capacity Embraer E190 fleet, the additional daily midweek flight will add nearly 22,000 seats to and from Amsterdam – a total increase in seat capacity of 18 percent compared to the same period last year.

The additional capacity will enable customers to visit Amsterdam for a short break or take onward connections to 162 KLM destinations worldwide, via its hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The additional fights will leave Amsterdam at 11.40, and arrive in Aberdeen at 12:10; and on return will leave Aberdeen at 12.40 and arrive Amsterdam at 15:15 hours. The additional flights this winter and next summer are now on sale.

Steve Szalay, Managing Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘The introduction of this additional daily rotation is fantastic news for the airport and our passengers, particularly given the volume of additional seats involved.

‘Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a key destination for both inbound and outbound business travellers and given the connectivity it provides in its capacity as one of Europe’s busiest hub airports, it is also extremely popular with our leisure passengers and those working in the oil and gas industry.’

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, said: ‘As a result of positive commercial performance and strong passenger numbers, we are delighted to be able to add 18% of extra capacity on our Aberdeen to Amsterdam route for the winter season.

‘The addition of an extra weekday flight on the route will provide people in the Aberdeen area with five daily flights to Amsterdam, giving passengers greater opportunity to take advantage of our worldwide connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.’

KLM Airlines to add extra 10,000 seats from Bristol Airport for summer 2019

Netherlands-based KLM Airlines is planning to add extra 10,000 seats between Bristol and Amsterdam this summer, commencing June 24.

The expansion will allow travellers and holidaymakers to visit Amsterdam for a short break or connect to 162 KLM destinations worldwide via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. To meet the expansion plans, KLM will upgrade the aircraft operating on the weekday service to a Boeing 737 aircraft, providing an additional 32 seats per flight. KLM currently operates four daily flights to Amsterdam from Bristol and the introduction of the Boeing 737 jet service will increase the overall seat capacity by 6.2% compared to the same period last summer.

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, said, ‘Due to strong passenger numbers and positive commercial performance on our Bristol to Amsterdam route, we are pleased to be in a position to increase route capacity for the summer 2019 season.

‘The addition of a larger Boeing 737 aircraft will provide almost 10,000 additional seats across the period, giving people in the West of England more opportunity to fly with KLM, and take advantage of our worldwide connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly exciting news and we are delighted that KLM is adding the B737 jet service to the Amsterdam route from Bristol Airport for the first time.

‘This decision is based on the strong passenger demand in the region and represents a key milestone in our relationship with KLM. The airline has consistently improved the service and product from Bristol Airport over 30 years of the airline partnership. We look forward to additional improvements in the future which will benefit business, leisure passengers and inbound visitors with improved connectivity from Bristol to the world via the Amsterdam hub.’

Expected to serve more than nine million passengers in 2019, Bristol Airport serves nearly 126 direct routes globally.

KLM increases flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam Schiphol

Aberdeen International Airport has said that KLM will operate an additional daily flight to Amsterdam Schiphol, starting May.

The extra frequency will increase the number of flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam to five a day. The service will be effective during the months of May, June, September and October.

With the additional service, nearly 20,000 more seats are on sale, increasing capacity by around 10 percent on the route. The additional flight will be operated by an Embraer 190, carrying 100 passengers.

Aberdeen International Airport’s Managing Director, Steve Szalay, said: ‘We warmly welcome KLM’s decision to expand its presence here at the airport. With more than an additional 20,000 seats available for passengers to purchase, this is a real shot in the arm for us as we enter an exciting period, as our Terminal Transformation project is on course for completion in the autumn.

‘Amsterdam is a key destination for us for both business and leisure purposes, and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on to the additional flight later this year.’

General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, Benedicte Duval, said: ‘We are delighted to announce a capacity increase of 20,000 seats for summer 2019, taking our KLM operation to five daily flights between Aberdeen and Amsterdam during a key travel period. The extra frequency will not only allow more local people take advantage of KLM’s worldwide network through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, it will also provide more choice and convenience for inbound travel to Europe’s energy capital, boosting local business.’

Tickets are now on sale for the new flight which will operate on weekdays between May 6 and July 5 and between September 2 and October 25. KLM offers Aberdeen-based passengers connections to 165 destinations worldwide via its hub at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Flybe announces winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield

European regional airline Flybe has started operating its 2017-18 winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, featuring six routes with a choice of up to 21 departures a week.

As part of its 2017-18 winter offering, Flybe will operate five flights to Paris each week, thrice a week to Dublin, twice a week to Alicante, Berlin Tegel and Jersey and daily service to Amsterdam. Seats are available for booking now at www.flybe.com for travel effective until March 24, 2018. The airline has recently renewed its Cafe Flybe menu, with brand new food and drink options available for passengers to buy onboard.

The UK-based airline will operate flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; to Dublin on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays; to Alicante on Tuesdays and Saturdays; to Berlin Tegel on Mondays and Fridays; to Jersey on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and a daily service to Amsterdam.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘Our 2017/18 Winter schedule provides reliable and affordable services for business travel as well a choice of leisure destinations for those looking to take advantage of a winter break.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA added: ‘The 2017/18 Flybe Winter schedule offers both convenient and inexpensive options for all types of winter travellers. As always, we are pleased to provide our passengers with impeccable personable service at DSA as well as a range of flight options with Flybe.’

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) was recently named the best small airport in UK by Which? consumer magazine. Small airports are rated as those airports with fewer than 10 million passengers.

The airport scored 87 percent overall beating all airports in the North and Midlands by as much as 20 percent. DSA scores highly in areas such as queues at security, passport control, baggage drop, seating and toilets, the airport said.

easyJet adds 85,000 extra seats to Amsterdam and Barcelona from Luton, new flight to Zurich

easyJet, the UK-based low fares airline, has added 12 weekly summer flights from London Luton Airport to Amsterdam and Barcelona, and an extra daily flight to Zurich for next winter.

The budget airline has added an extra 85,000 seats between Luton and the Dutch and the Catalan Capitals, taking easyJet’s year round frequency to Barcelona to three flights a day, and up to six flights a day available between Luton and Amsterdam. With the addition, easyJet will carry almost three quarters of a million passengers a year on the two routes to and from Luton.

easyJet has also said that its plans to double its daily flights to Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich next winter.

easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, Neil Slaven, said: ‘Amsterdam, Barcelona and Zurich are extremely popular connections from Luton and we’re therefore delighted to be able to cater for the extra demand. In doing so it enables us to continue our expansion at the Airport.

‘We have added a significant number of extra seats which allows us to continue to provide affordable, convenient connections for our customers whether they’re travelling on business or leisure.’

The announcement comes after easyJet representatives joined London Luton Airport management and the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin last month to mark the official launch of the £110m redevelopment of the airport. The airline expects strong growth at Luton and now has a network of over 51 routes served from the Airport, it said.

easyJet will base an additional four aircraft at Luton this year, bringing the total number of based aircraft to 19. The airline is expected to fly over six million passengers from the airport this year, an increase of 500,000 in the last 12 months.

One of Europe’s leading airlines, easyJet flies over 240 aircraft on more than 780 routes to over 130 airports across 32 countries. The airline carries over 68 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million are travelling on business.

 

Flybe announces new Liverpool -Amsterdam route

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced the launch of a new route between Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The new service was launched on September 7 2015 and offers up to three flights per day, departing early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon. The service enables passengers to connect onwards to a host of European and long haul destinations available from Amsterdam including New York, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Toronto.

This new route will add to the airline’s existing Liverpool departures to the Isle of Man and Belfast City, with Flybe operating a total of up to 120 weekly flights to and from Liverpool. The airline has also recently announced further expansion from Liverpool with the addition of a new daily service to Edinburgh that starts at the end of October.

To mark the occasion of Flybe’s inaugural flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam, Mark Povall, LJLA’s Air Service Development Director, presented Lotte Harbers, Aviation Marketing Director for Schiphol Airport, with a special ‘Superlambanana’ gift on behalf of Liverpool. The ‘Superlambanana’ is a famous 17ft tall sculpture located in Liverpool City centre.

Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer of Flybe, said: ‘Flybe is delighted to play a part in making it possible for Liverpool customers to access the world through Amsterdam and, just as importantly, make it easier for the rest of the world to come to Liverpool. We already have a number of code-share and interline arrangements with long haul carriers that, in the future, have the potential to benefit passengers even further.’

Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented: ‘In the past, re-establishing a ‘hub link’ from Liverpool has been the most requested service by stakeholders and passengers across the Liverpool City Region. Both business and leisure passengers are now able to take advantage of the convenience of being able to start their long haul journeys from their home airport, as well as bringing a further boost for the region’s tourism offer and inward investment opportunities.’

Fares on Flybe’s new route to Amsterdam start from £34.99 one way including taxes and charges, and are available for booking through to March 26, 2016 at www.flybe.com