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KLM Gradually Rebuilds Network for Summer 2020 With 5,000 European Flights in July, 11,000 in August

KLM announced on Saturday the gradual rebuilding of their route network for summer 2020. The carrier plans to offer 5,000 European and 1,900 intercontinental flights in July, building to around 11,000 European and 2,100 intercontinental flights for August.

KLM Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner - Courtesy KLM

Yesterday (June 20, 2020), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced the gradual rebuilding of their network for summer 2020. In July, KLM will operate 5,000 European and 1,900 intercontinental flights, while the carrier’s August schedule will include 11,000 European and 2,100 intercontinental flights. Currently, around half of KLM’s intercontinental flights are cargo-only, but the carrier plans on increasing intercontinental passenger service from July as travel restrictions are eased. The gradual schedule expansion includes significantly more service as compared to April when KLM operated only 1,226 European and 612 intercontinental flights.

KLM Flight Operations Comparison, 2020 VS 2019 - Courtesy KLM

Although the airline is substantially increasing their operations over the next few months, the number of flights remains far below the July and August 2019 levels when KLM operated about 22,000 flights. Additionally, load factors lag 2019 levels, even with substantially fewer flights. That said, KLM’s strategy is to offer their guests the choice of as many destinations as possible, although with reduced frequencies. In July, the airline will offer 80 percent of their normal European destinations and 75 percent of their intercontinental destinations, while in August KLM will restore around 95 percent of their European and 90 percent of their intercontinental destinations. Like most carriers, KLM has implemented numerous health and safety protocols to ensure the health and wellbeing of their guests and team members. The video below outlines some of these measures and what guests can expect when traveling with KLM.

Source: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

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