KLM Expands Strongly into Caribbean
and Introduces Direct Flights to Ecuador
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is performing a robust expansion into the Caribbean, offering an additional 2,600 seats each week. The expansion will start when KLM’s winter schedule goes into effect on 30 October. On that same date, KLM will introduce direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador.
“For the first time in our history, KLM will make more than a half-million seats available to the Caribbean, annually,” said Peter Hartman, KLM’s CEO. “By performing this strong capacity expansion, KLM is offering Dutch holiday-makers many more travel possibilities.”
Nine times a week, KLM will depart from mainport Schiphol to Curaçao, daily to Bonaire, five times weekly to Aruba and three times a week to St Maarten. On Mondays and Saturdays KLM will operate two flights daily to Curaçao. The flights to the Caribbean will use Boeing 747-400s and MD-11s.
When the winter schedule goes into effect KLM will also offer a direct connection to Ecuador. KLM will replace the five flights a week to and from Ecuador, which includes a stop in Bonaire, with three direct flights each week to Quito in combination with Guayaquil. The direct connection without a stop in the Caribbean constitutes a major improvement for passengers as it shortens their travel time significantly. At the same time, KLM is reinforcing its position in the Ecuadorian market. The flight to Ecuador will use a Boeing 777-300 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.
In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.
KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.
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