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Amstelveen,
05
April
2013

KLM launches service to three new destinations

Summary

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines added three new destinations to its network this week, operating inaugural flights to Fukuoka in Japan, Manston Kent in the United Kingdom, and Ålesund in Norway.

Manston Kent, an alternative for London
On Tuesday, 2 April, a Fokker 70 set off to Manston Kent Airport in the United Kingdom. KLM will operate twice-daily service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Manston, the international airport of County Kent. With the addition of the destination Manston Kent, KLM extends its comprehensive network of services to cities in the United Kingdom. This brings the total number of British destinations to 14. The new destination offers passengers travelling to and from Kent an alternative to the busy roads around and airspace over airports in London.


First direct service between Fukuoka and Europa
On Wednesday, 3 April, a Boeing 777-200ER set off to Fukuoka in Japan. The KLM aircraft was welcomed by the governor of Kyushu and the mayor of Fukuoka. With this service, KLM becomes the first European airline to offer direct flights between Fukuoka and Europe. Fukuoka is KLM’s third Japanese destination, in addition to Tokyo and Osaka. This new route will raise the total number of weekly flights between Amsterdam and Japan to 21 during the 2013 summer season. The new service will be operated thrice weekly.


Ålesund service strengthens KLM’s position in Norway
On Thursday, April 4, a Fokker 70 set off to Ålesund in Norway. This brings the total number of KLM destinations in Norway to seven. The addition of Ålesund to the network further strengthens KLM’s position in Norway.
Schedule


Please visit www.klm.com for the departure and arrival times of the new flights.

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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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