KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will this summer
restore capacity to the level originally projected last year. KLM cut back
capacity substantially during the 2003/04 summer and winter schedules, in
response to declining demand as a result of the SARS crisis. The upcoming
summer schedule commences on Sunday, March 28, 2004, and ends on Saturday,
October 30, 2004.
KLM will launch scheduled services to the new destinations Riga in Latvia
and Kristiansand in Norway at the start of the 2004 summer schedule. In
addition, KLM will adjust flight frequency and switch aircraft types on many
routes, in response to traffic developments.
The new roundtrip services to Riga and Kristiansand will be operated by KLM
cityhopper with Fokker 70 aircraft. Riga will be served twice daily and
Kristiansand once daily. Services to Bristol, Budapest, Edinburgh, Glasgow
and Hanover will be reduced by one flight a day, but larger aircraft types
will be deployed on most of these routes.
North America -
KLM and Northwest Airlines will further extend their successful joint
venture this summer, with additional KLM-operated services to Minneapolis
and Houston. Flight frequency between Amsterdam and Minneapolis will be
raised from two to three daily roundtrips, while frequency between Amsterdam
and Houston will increase from seven to nine weekly roundtrips.
The number of weekly roundtrips between Amsterdam and Miami will be reduced
from seven to five.
KLM will deploy its new Boeing 777-200 ERs on routes to New York JFK and San
Francisco in the summer of 2004.
Capacity will be increased on daily services to Toronto by deploying Boeing
747-400s instead of Boeing 777s.
Central & South America -
Flight frequency to Caracas will be raised from four to five weekly
roundtrips as of May 1, 2004.
Services to São Paulo will be operated by Boeing 777s in the summer of 2004.
This summer, KLM will begin exercising its extended landing rights for China
and Japan, operating daily roundtrips to Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Several weekly flights to Shanghai and Tokyo will be operated with Boeing
Frequency to Almaty will be raised from three to four weekly roundtrips.
Frequency to Cape Town will be reduced from seven to five weekly roundtrips
in response to seasonal traffic fluctuations. In the summer, these daytime
flights will be operated with Boeing 777 equipment.
Frequency on the Kilimanjaro and Dar-es-Salaam routes will be reduced from
seven to five weekly roundtrips in April and May, which mark the rain season
in these popular tourist destinations, traditionally resulting in a decline
in traffic on these routes. KLM`s flights to Cairo will be switched to
different days, but frequency will be maintained at five weekly roundtrips
Middle East -
KLM is still unable to commence services to Baghdad, owing to the continuing
instability. Passengers bound for Baghdad are currently being flown to
The daily services to Dubai will be operated with Boeing 777 equipment
during the summer.
KLM`s 2004 summer schedule can be found on www.klm.com and in reservations