KLM boosts European network with four new destinations

As the carrier prepares for the summer, the frequency and capacity of flights is set to increase  

Dutch flag carrier KLM is preparing for the summer by expanding its European network, with the addition of services to Belgrade, Verona, Palma de Mallorca and Dubrovnik from its base at Schiphol. 

The carrier hopes that its existing routes will be fully operational over the next few months. It has also stated that the frequency of flights is set to increase to the most popular destinations. 

KLM Embraer 175
KLM has already added Southampton, Poznan and Cork to its European network this year. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

During the summer of 2019, KLM flew to 92 destinations – this year it will be offering 96.  

There have been a few alterations to the network, including the suspension of flights to Växjö in Sweden. Air France will also take over operations for the Marseille and Nantes destinations from Schiphol Airport.  

Earlier this year, Southampton, Poznan and Cork were added to the schedule.  

KLM CityHopper
KLM's Cityhopper brand exclusively operates a fleet of Embraer E Jets. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

The daily Belgrade link will begin operating on May 13, while the Verona, Palma de Mallorca and Dubrovnik connections are expected to start on June 26 at the same frequency.  

“We are extremely pleased that there are more possibilities to travel again,” said Peter Elbers, CEO and president of KLM. “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.” 

KLM is expected to add flights or deploy larger aircraft to popular destinations such as Ibiza and Porto around July/August.  

Capacity for southern European services – including to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia and Greece – is expected to be higher than usual but overall, the region will see between 50% and 75% capacity compared to pre-COVID.