KLM launches extra flights from Norwich to Amsterdam

KLM has announced plans to launch extra flights from Norwich Airport to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, in time for the Easter holidays.

Part of the Air France-KLM group, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands headquartered in Amstelveen, with its hub at nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Starting March 27, KLM will be operating up to four return flights a day between Norwich and Amsterdam for the first time as demand for air travel recovers following the pandemic. With a flight time of 55 minutes, the new service provides options for city-break in Amsterdam in less than an hour, as well as easy access to Schiphol Airport’s global network of international onward connections.

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s great to see KLM’s Amsterdam route from Norwich getting back to full strength with four flights a day on weekdays and up to three a day at weekends.

‘It means passengers from Norwich have even more flexibility, whether that’s for a city break or onward travel from Schiphol to more than 270 destinations worldwide.’

To celebrate the additional flights, Norwich Airport has a competition to win a pair of return tickets to Amsterdam with KLM. The closing date is March 31.

Amsterdam is among the year-round destinations available from Norwich, which also include Tenerife with TUI and Aberdeen with Loganair. Norwich Airports full summer season gets underway in May with TUI offering a full schedule of eight sunshine destinations in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Turkey. Blue Islands is also returning with a twice-weekly service to Jersey, providing short breaks closer to home.

easyJet announces first international route from Jersey to Amsterdam

easyJet, the UK-based regional airline, has announced the introduction of a new summer service from Jersey to Amsterdam – its first-ever international route from the Island.

The new route will join existing services from Jersey to London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow as well as summer routes to Edinburgh and Belfast. The new summer service is scheduled to launch on April 1, 2023, operating twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Seats are currently on sale at easyJet.com and via the mobile App, with fares starting from £24.99 one way per person including taxes.

One of Europe’s most vibrant cities with its picturesque canal network, rich history and culture, Amsterdam is a popular city break destination offering tranquil boat rides through tree-shaded canals to world-class art museums such as the Van Gogh Museum.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘As the largest airline serving Jersey, we are delighted to further strengthen our network with the addition of our new route to Amsterdam, our very first international service from the airport, and to be bolstering our connections to London Gatwick with a new early morning/additional daily flight to serve our customers in Jersey with even greater connectivity.

‘Alongside our existing range of domestic routes, we know this new service will prove to be a popular addition and provide customers with even more choice, all with great value fares and fantastic customer service.

‘And with flights for autumn 2023 on sale tomorrow, customers can also book early for next autumn and snap up the best fares across our network to find a great-value getaway or October half term holiday.’

Ports of Jersey’s Chef Executive, Matt Thomas, commented: ‘This new route is a major milestone for Jersey’s connectivity, providing direct access for Islanders to the wonderful city of Amsterdam and a global travel hub. Ports of Jersey has been working hard to expand Jersey’s connectivity with mainland Europe, and this route will not only strengthen connections for Islanders, it will also expand travel options for continental visitors wishing to visit our Island.’

Netherlands lifts travel ban on unvaccinated British visitors

The Netherlands has announced its decision to lift the ban on British travellers not regarded as fully vaccinated against Covid.

Since the ban, visitors from outside the EU were only allowed to travel to Amsterdam and the rest of the country if they had completed a course of vaccinations in the past 270 days, or had subsequently received a booster at any time.

Effective September 17, 2022, the government has removed the requirement, citing ‘the current epidemiological situation in the Netherlands’. The decision applies to all travellers, including those traveling into the Netherlands from outside the EU/Schengen area.

According to statement from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport: ‘The Dutch government has decided to lift the EU entry ban for the Netherlands as of 17 September 2022.

‘No Covid-19 related restrictions or requirements apply to travellers entering the Netherlands, including those from countries outside the EU/Schengen area.’

However, the government has warned travellers to self-isolate if tested positive for coronavirus while visiting the Netherlands. ‘If you booked your trip through a tour operator, contact them if you need to isolate due to a positive test,’ it said, adding: ‘If you are travelling independently, you must arrange a place to isolate yourself.’

During the pandemic the Netherlands imposed strict rules, including an obligation for overseas visitors to be tested daily in order to access cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions. The country does not have any mask requirements in place, and all venues are now open and operating normally.

On social distancing, the health ministry noted: ‘It is no longer mandatory to stay 1.5 metres from others. But this remains a safe distance. So give others enough space.’

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.