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.

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.

KLM Announces Services from Manston Airport in UK to Amsterdam

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the national airline of the Netherlands, will be offering services from Manston airport in eastern Kent, UK, to Amsterdam, in The Netherlands.

The new services commence from April 2, 2013, with twice daily flights from Manston airport to Schiphol airport. With the new route, the airline will be operating to 17 airports in the UK. The airline will be flying up to 80 passengers on its Fokker 70 jets.

Henri Hourcade, the UK general manager for KLM, said, ‘Demand for efficient and convenient schedules to long-haul destinations from the UK continues to grow to emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and the Far East, but equally to established markets such as North America.

By connecting the UK regions to worldwide destinations, KLM is offering more choice to holidaymakers, but equally adding to the infrastructure for regional UK businesses.’

Currently Manston Airport is being served by only charter operators, Newmarket Holidays and Jersey Travel. KLM will be the only scheduled service from the airport when it commences its operations.

Charles Buchanan, the chief executive officer at Manston Airport, said, ‘The new services will be a real benefit to Kent and its residents. Passengers will be able to arrive at Manston, park adjacent to the terminal building, check in and be on the flight to Amsterdam within minutes, a hassle-free experience that makes travelling a pleasure. Passengers from Manston can leave home without the worries of road congestion or excessive flight delays affecting their journey.’

Earlier the airline entered into a code share agreement with Flybe, a UK-based airline company, on two routes in UK; between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Southampton Airport in England; and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Inverness Airport, in Scotland.

KLM, with the new code share, is offering its customers three daily flights to Southampton from Amsterdam; and a daily flight to Inverness from Amsterdam; the agreement being effective May 30, 2012.

Flybe Partners with KLM to Launch Code Share Service to Amsterdam

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has entered into a code share agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the national airline of the Netherlands.

The code share agreement is currently in force on two routes between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and Southampton Airport in England; and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Inverness Airport, in Scotland.

With the new code share, KLM is offering its customers three daily flights to Southampton from Amsterdam; and a daily flight to Inverness from Amsterdam; the agreement has been effective since May 30, 2012. The new code share will allow KLM passengers to travel to around 150 destinations worldwide from Amsterdam, on flights operated by KLM and its partners.

The KLM flights operating as part of the code on these two routes will be run by Flybe with Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and Embraer E-195 aircraft.

KLM currently operates around 65 daily flights from 14 destinations in the UK, including Aberdeen, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham-Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds-Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Flybe said in its statement, ‘This partnership enhances the existing cooperation between the Air France-KLM Group and Flybe. Indeed, Flybe and Air France already operate within the framework of a code-share agreement on a substantial number of routes between France and the UK.’

Flybe is currently operating on 202 routes serving 18 countries, operating from a total of 35 UK and 55 European airports.