KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will start direct flights between Amsterdam and Linköping. Starting on March 30th 2008, KLM will fly the Amsterdam - Linköping route twice daily, using Fokker 70 jet service. This makes KLM the first of the large international airlines to begin activities in Sweden outside the major metropolitan areas. With the opening of this new route, KLM recognizes the positive business climate and strong growth in the ?-stergötland region.
Anko van der Werff, Country Manager Sweden for Air France and KLM commented, “The ?-stergötland area has long aspired to become Sweden’s fourth metropolitan area. Many national and international companies have a strong presence in this region. The fact that Linköping is a university city with a research hospital and a top class Science Park, and that Norrköping has the Baltic’s largest port clearly demonstrates the strategic importance of this area. Important to KLM is also incoming traffic to the region looking at the business segment and the leisure attractions. With the opening of the Linköping route, we will be the first large international airline with three gateways in Sweden - Stockholm, Gothenburg and Linköping”.
Including Linköping, the joint Air France and KLM operated network in North Europe consists of 14 destinations, Linköping being the third in Sweden. This new Swedish service furthermore offers good connections beyond the Amsterdam hub to 60 intercontinental KLM destinations and 65 other European KLM destinations.
Direct flights to and from Amsterdam will go twice daily, departing Linköping at 06.45 and 12.15, and departing Amsterdam at 09.35 and 20.40. The flight time is two hours, and the route will be open on March 30th 2008. Bookings can be made via klm.com and via the reservation system as of August 30th 2007.