KLM Begins Preparing Its Network For Summer Reopening

Dutch airline KLM has revealed four new routes for summer 2021, adding service to Belgrade, Verona, Palma de Mallorca and Dubrovnik. Altogether, it will operate 96 routes in summer 2021, compared to 92 in the last ‘normal’ summer of 2019.

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KLM will be flying to more destinations this summer than it did in 2019. Photo: KLM

Flying wherever we can

Dutch flag carrier KLM has announced today that it is preparing for slow but steady summer reopening with new travel opportunities. The airline says it will fly wherever it can, as long as the economics are viable, and wants to ensure its passengers stay as well connected as possible.

The airline states that is has already completely rebuilt its network to its pre-pandemic status, bringing back all 92 destinations previously served in time for summer 2021. As well as this, it will add four brand new destinations to its schedules, to give its passengers the biggest choice of routes it can.

KLM’s president and CEO Pieter Elbers commented on the schedule saying,

“We are extremely pleased that there are more possibilities to travel again. In this respect, we respond as flexibly as possible to market conditions. At KLM, we are prepared to carry our passengers to their destinations in a completely responsible manner. We offer our customers a flexible travel policy and the highest standard of hygiene.”

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The airline recently received the APEX Diamond award for COVID safety. Photo: KLM

KLM states that is has set out the highest possible standards of health and safety on board, and that it has recently received an accolade from the Airline Passenger Experience Association – the APEX Diamond award.

The routes for summer 2021

Altogether KLM will fly to 96 destinations this summer, although some changes have been made since the last ‘normal’ summer in 2019. Växjö (Sweden) is still suspended at present, and previously flown destinations of Marseilles and Nantes will be operated by Air France from Schiphol.

Added to the roster already were Southampton, Poznan and Cork. This takes KLM back up to its 92 destination target. But what of the four brand new routes?

KLM Begins Preparing Its Network For Summer Reopening
KLM will fly to four new leisure focussed routes in summer 2021. Render created at GCMap

Added for the summer, announced today, are four leisure-focused services from Amsterdam, the first of which has already launched. These are:

  • Belgrade – Service began on May 13th, and will operate at up to seven flights a week at its peak.
  • Verona – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.
  • Palma de Mallorca – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.
  • Dubrovnik – Service begins on June 26th, with frequencies up to seven times per week.

KLM is clearly operating a schedule that is targeted at a hopefully rebounding leisure market. As well as adding these new routes to popular tourist destinations, it says it will either add flights or deploy larger aircraft on key routes during the peak summer months.

Specifically, it says it will look to increase capacity on routes such as Porto and Ibiza in July and August, and that it already has plans to have more capacity to destinations in southern Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Croatia and Greece.

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