Step into a UK regional airport and ask for the Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij check-in desk and chances are you’ll be met with a rather baffled look. Request directions to the KLM counter, on the other hand, and it’s likely you’ll be well on your way. Celebrating its centenary in October, the Dutch flag carrier flies from 16 destinations across the United Kingdom to its Schiphol hub. To put that figure in context, Heathrow only offers ten direct UK connections spread between three airlines. The result of KLM’s impressive reach is the airline becoming a de facto network carrier for many Brits living outside the southeast of England.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view. You can also access it if you’re subscribed to one of our Key Publishing magazines.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Why not join our community of aviation enthusiasts? Pick one of our introductory offers and access a wealth of world-class aviation content.