As Arkefly arrived in Oakland, it marked the Dutch leisure airline’s first route to the US West Coast. Flights from Amsterdam will operate twice a week during the summer season. Posing for the camera were Purser Willemijn Snoek; Bart van Bolhuis, Dutch Consul General in San Francisco; John Albrecht, Port of Oakland’s Manager of Aviation Communications and Marketing; and Captain Lars de Regt.
- Arkefly, the Dutch leisure airline in TUI Group, began serving the US West Coast last week. From its Amsterdam (AMS) base, the airline began operating once a week to Las Vegas, NV (LAS) on 7 June, continuing to Oakland, CA (OAK) in the San Francisco Bay Area. On 10 June, yet another weekly service was launched, operating non-stop from Amsterdam to Oakland (which in total gets two weekly connection; one non-stop and one stopping), and continuing to Los Angeles, CA (LAX). Arkefly’s only other services to the US are to Orlando Sanford and Miami. 283-seat 767-300ER aircraft are used for the new routes that are scheduled to operate seasonally until the second half of October. In addition to emphasising the benefits of inbound tourism to the San Francisco Bay Area, Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland, commented: “Bay Area travellers will welcome a departure from Oakland to Amsterdam as an attractive option for vacation plans this summer. Amsterdam is an exciting and desirable destination in itself, and is a great connecting point to many other European cities.”