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Amstelveen,
29
October
2012

KLM strengthens Africa network with relaunch to Harare

Summary

After thirteen years KLM Royal Dutch Airlines relaunched its flight to Harare. The Zimbabwean capital will be served in combination with the KLM destination Lusaka, Zambia.

In line with our strategic focus on Africa, we launched service to Luanda in Angola and Lusaka in Zambia. At the same time we consolidated our partnership with Kenya Airways. By adding Harare to our destinations, makes that KLM has a strong network and position in Africa.
Pieter Bootsma, Executive Vice President Marketing, Revenue Management & Netwerk.

As the first European carrier, KLM operates service from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Harare International Airport. three times a week. Harare is served in combination with Lusaka, Zambia.

KLM also offers eleven weekly services to Harare via Nairobi in cooperation with Kenya Airways, which is undergoing rapid development in terms of fleet expansion and new destinations. In this way, passengers from Zimbabwe also have a good connection with KLM’s European network. 

Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa and is a strong growth market with a wide array of natural resources. Besides its clear business potential, Zimbabwe is also a growing tourist destination. Some of the best-known attractions are the parks and nature reserves at theMana Pools  the Zambezi River and the magnificent Victoria falls.

Flight KL523 is operated with an Airbus A330-200 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing from Schiphol at 10.20 hrs and arriving in Harare on the same day at 21.25 hrs. The return leg of the circle trip has the same number, KL523, leaving Harare at 22.30 hrs the same day, with an intermediate landing in Lusaka. The flight arrives in Amsterdam the following morning at 10.20 hrs.

Passengers flying with the SkyTeam global airline alliance have the option of using the “Go Africa Pass”. This is a cost-saving and flexible means to fly Kenya Airways throughout Africa. The “Go Africa Pass” is available to business and leisure travellers flying on an intercontinental round-trip ticket with one of the 15 SkyTeam member airlines or on a “go Round the World”  ticket.

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About KLM
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.

About SkyTeam
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.

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