Since Monday 3rd August, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has increased its offering from Newcastle International Airport. The airline now offers three flights a day to the Dutch capital.
Following a month long period of no operations from Newcastle, KLM resumed its daily service to Amsterdam on 1st June. With the schedule increasing to three flights a day for August, passengers will have more choice and enhanced connection opportunities via Amsterdam Schiphol. Here, UK passengers can connect seamlessly to the airline’s extensive network of 165 destinations worldwide.
Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France KLM in the UK & Ireland said: “Our decision to increase the frequency on our Newcastle to Amsterdam service to three flights per day for August is a positive sign of recovery, after what has been, and still is, a challenging time for our industry. As travel restrictions across the UK begin to ease, we are increasing capacity in line with consumer demand.
Naturally, safety is our number one priority as travel gradually resumes and we have introduced a range of measures to ensure passengers can travel with confidence. As we all adapt to this new environment, I can assure you that all KLM staff are fully committed to guaranteeing our passengers the highest levels of health & safety.”
Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle Airport, said: “The KLM route between Newcastle and Amsterdam is extremely important to both business and leisure passengers across the region.
“We are delighted to see signs of market recovery and KLM responding to demand by increasing to three flights a day – further improving the opportunity for connection between the North East’s largest Airport and destinations across the the world.
“Our recently introduced Ten Point Plan ensures the terminal is a safe environment for all and along with KLM’s additional safety measures on board their aircraft, we hope this will help to provide confidence to passengers looking to travel with us in the future.”
KLM has introduced a range of measures to ensure that flights are safe for both passengers and staff. Face masks are mandatory for both passengers and crew when boarding and during the flight. New aircraft cleaning procedures have been introduced including the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens.
In addition, the air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes. The air recycling system on board KLM aircraft is equipped with “High Efficiency Particulate Air” or HEPA filters, identical to those used in hospital operating theatres. These filters extract more than 99.99% of the smallest viruses, including those no larger than 0.01 micrometres, thus ensuring that cabin air complies with quality standards. Coronavirus type viruses, ranging in size from 0.08 to 0.16 micrometres, are filtered through the HEPA filters.
KLM is currently offering customers the opportunity to book with confidence. Customers wanting to make a new booking, but feeling uncertain due to the current Covid-19 situation, have the flexibility to change their reservation and rebook flights in the same booking class at no extra charge.