KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will commence its 2003/2004 winter schedule on 26
October with new frequencies, aircraft and capacity increases on UK,
European and intercontinental routes as follows:
Manchester: KLM has increased capacity by 9% with the introduction of two
Boeing 737 aircraft on 1 September to replace Fokker 100 jets on peak
services out of Manchester. Flight frequency is to be reduced from seven to
six daily return flights in line with the traditional change in demand
during the winter period.
Aberdeen: KLM has increased capacity with the introduction of Boeing 737
aircraft on two daily services, replacing Fokker 100s. Flight frequency is
to be reduced from four to three daily return flights in line with the
traditional change in demand during the winter period.
Norwich: KLM has increased capacity from 1 September with an extra return
flight, bringing the total to four daily services, using two Fokker 70s and
two Fokker 50s aircraft.
Humberside: KLM is increasing capacity on the 0630 flight with the
introduction of a Fokker 70 jet to replace the Fokker 50.
Tony Le Masurier, General Manager, UK, commented: “We are delighted to be
increasing capacity at many of our UK airports, particularly with the
introduction of Boeing 737s at Manchester and Aberdeen. It`s a clear
indication that KLM`s strategy of concentrating on high yield business
traffic from the regions is paying off, particularly as sales continue to
improve this year.”
Schedules on KLM`s other UK routes remain unchanged. These are Birmingham,
Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds Bradford, London Heathrow, Newcastle, Southampton
(codeshare with Scot Airways) and Teesside.
In line with previous years, flight frequencies and/or capacity will be
temporarily reduced during the winter months to some destinations, including
Edinburgh, Glasgow and London City.
The first of KLM`s new Boeing 777-200ER (Extended Range) aircraft on order
will be deployed on routes to Toronto, Cape Town, New York (JFK), Nairobi
and Tokyo. The new aircraft includes modifications such as a flat-bed seats
in World Business Class, a new chair in economy with moveable headrest and
personal video screens, plus other new features.
The airline is also increasing frequencies to a number of its key business
and leisure destinations. Cape Town will see services become non-stop (due
to the new Boeing 777 aircraft) and services increase from five to seven
flights weekly. Weekly frequency to the island of St. Maarten in the Dutch
Antillies will increase from one to three roundtrip flights, of which two
will be operated nonstop. In February schedules to Beijing will rise from
three to four per week and in March, frequency to Tokyo (Narita) will
increase from six to seven weekly.
Frequency reductions will be implemented as a result of traditionally lower
demand for seats during winter on flights to Almaty, Beirut,
Bonaire/Guayaquil/Quito, Bonaire/Lima, Casablanca, Miami, San Francisco,
Teheran and Vancouver.
The winter schedule remains in place until Saturday, March 27, 2004