With the winter schedule set to commence on the 29th of October, lasting until the 31st of March, KLM is readying itself for a busy winter season.
Joining the European network will be Marseille, with a three times-a-day service. KLM will return to Rovaniemi (Finland) with a twice-weekly service. this winter season too.
Finally, Rennes will be served daily – marking the service continuing through the summer to the winter timetable.
In terms of seats, there’s a little growth, with seat count increasing by y 7% compared to the previous winter schedule.
This winter, KLM will serve 19 destinations in North America (Canada, the US and Mexico). In the US, KLM will operate a daily service to Washington-Dulles.
KLM is offering over 20% more seats to Canada compared to last year. There will be an average of eleven flights to Toronto, four to Montreal, three to Edmonton, seven to Calgary and four to Vancouver.
For passengers, there’s a big uplift in comfort, with Premium Comfort Class (Premium Economy ) will be available for most US destinations.
Caribbean and Suriname
KLM will operate a daily service to Curaçao and in the peak period (during the Christmas and spring holidays) the island will be served 11 times a week. Meanwhile, the service to Aruba, in combination with Bonaire will operate daily with an Airbus A330.
St Maarten will be combined with Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago). Three to four flights a week will be operated to this destination. Paramaribo (Suriname) will be served six times a week with B777-300 aircraft.
KLM will be operating a daily service to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Panama. The service to Buenos Aires (Argentina) will be combined with Santiago de Chile (Chile).
Meanwhile, San José (Costa Rica) will be served four times a week, either directly or with a stopover. There will also be six flights a week to Lima (Peru) and Quito and Guayaquil (Ecuador).
KLM will operate daily services to two destinations in South Africa: Johannesburg and Cape Town. Along with this, there is an aggressive operation, with daily Nairobi and Accra.
Tanzania will have three gateways this winter, with five times a week to Kilimanjaro in combination with Dar es Salaam. Also, there will be two flights to Zanzibar in combination with Dar es Salaam.
Lagos will gain six flights a week, whilst Kigali in Rwanda and Entebbe in Uganda will also be served five times a week this winter.
Asia and the Middle East
KLM has noted that capacity is still not fully recovered compared to the rest of the world. As such, some routes will be combined, whilst others will operate at reduced frequencies.
Operating Daily will be flights to Bejing, Shanghai, Tokoyo-Narita, Bangkok, Mumbai, Delhi and Dubai. The Bali via Singapore flight will also operate daily.
Seoul will be served six -times a week, along with Riyadh and Dammam.
Moving to five flights a week, we see that the Jakarta via Kuala Lumpur route will operate, along with a service to Bengaluru.
Hong Kong will gain an extra service with four flights a week, whilst Osaka will see three services a week.
Being dropped for Winter
Some destinations on the network remain seasonable. Four destinations have been highlighted that will not have service over the winter, including:
Passenger Experience uplifts
There is some work going on in the background with the Reconfiguration of the B777-300 fleet to feature the new World Business Class seats and Premium Comfort Class will be completed this winter. The same reconfiguration process will then start for the B777-200 fleet.
In addition, all Boeing 787-9 and 787-10 aircraft now feature Premium Comfort, KLM’s newest intermediate class.
It’s a busy winter
This winter, KLM’s network will include 157 destinations: 92 in Europe and 65 intercontinental. Whilst those numbers in winter are lower than in summer – it’s still a busy schedule – and with the looming constraints coming at Amsterdam Schiphol in the future, it could be interesting what survives and is pulled forward into the summer timetable.
For now, 157 destinations is a lot – and combined with Air France’s operation – should provide a lot of connectivity for those who need it.
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