KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will temporarily suspend services to a number of its destinations in the Middle East. Flight frequency to destinations in other regions will also be temporarily reduced or smaller aircraft will be deployed. In so doing, KLM is responding to diminishing demand arising as a consequence of the war in Iraq. For the time being, these measure will apply until April 13, 2003, but KLM will additionally adapt its schedule temporarily if fluctuations in demand make this necessary. It goes without saying that KLM will only operate services to destinations where the authorities can guarantee that the safety of its passengers or crews will in no way be jeopardized.
Middle East Between March 24 and April 13, 2003 KLM will suspend all flights to Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Damman, Doha and Kuwait. For the time being, services to Tel Aviv will be suspended from March 24 through April 6. Services to Dubai and Tehran remain unchanged as yet.
Africa: Flight frequency to Cairo and Casablanca will be reduced from seven to five roundtrip services a week. Flight frequency to Tripoli will be reduced from three to two services a week.
North America: KLM and Northwest Airlines consider to decrease flight frequency between Amsterdam and Detroit from four to three roundtrip services a day. The number of roundtrip services operated to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York will be temporarily reduced from eleven to seven a week. Northwest will reduce flight frequency on a number of routes between the United States and Europe within the joint venture over the next three weeks, along with utilizing different aircraft types.
Europe: Within its European network, KLM will reduce flight frequency and/or operate smaller aircraft types to a large number of destinations over the period from March 24 through April 13, 2003. InformationEffective March 21, 2003 all temporary adjustments to the schedule will be indicated at www.klm.com and in the reservations systems.