KLM Launches scheduled service to Colombia
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its long-haul service to South America next year. KLM will launch a new scheduled service to Colombia’s capital, Bogota, and Cali, the country’s third-largest city. From 28th of March 2015, KLM will fly three times a week operating a Boeing 777-200 on flight KL745. The circle flights will start in Amsterdam, stopping in Bogota and Cali, and returning directly to Amsterdam. The service will be part of KLM’s new summer schedule and will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
South America certainly has caught our interest as we look to grow. After increasing frequencies to Ecuador and adding Santiago de Chile as a destination to KLM’s portfolio, expanding our services to Colombia fits our strategy. Bogota is not a new destination for KLM. It served Bogota from October 1992 until March 1995. Now resuming its service, it is including Cali. The service to Bogota and Cali will expand the number of KLM’s Latin American destinations to eleven.
|Departure Airport:||Arrival Airport:|
|Amsterdam - 12:30||Bogotá - 16:25|
|Bogotá - 17:55||Cali -18:55|
|Cali - 20:35||Amsterdam -14:15|
In addition to the new flights, customers can fly to and from Bogota and Cali seven times a week with KLM’s partner Air France via the hub Charles de Gaulle in Paris, or with Copa Airlines via Panama City on KLM’s daily service between Amsterdam and Panama.
The Air France-KLM group offers 15 destinations in Central and South America on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Panama City, Lima, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Bogota (by both KLM and Air France), Quito, Guayaquil, Paramaribo and Cali (by KLM) and Brasilia, Caracas, Cayenne and Montevideo (by Air France).
To suit its clients’ needs, KLM’s 777-200 offers three classes on board, 35 seats in World Business Class; 249 seats in Economy Class and 34 seats in the Economy Comfort Zone offering 10 cm of extra leg-room, twice the amount of room to lean back, and priority disembarking.
Colombia is one of South America’s fastest growing economies. The country is focusing on developing business relations with Europe, and with the Netherlands in particular being the gateway to Europe. Furthermore, its charming villages and natural beauty make it an excellent destination already enjoyed by many tourists. Bogota is the country’s administrative and business capital. Cali is located near Colombia’s ‘coffee triangle’ famed for its many charming coffee farms set in stunning landscapes. Alfonso B. Aragon International Airport (Cali-Palmira) is also the principal gateway to Colombia’s largest Pacific port of Buenaventura which handles more than 60% of the country’s exports.