Celebrations, which included a ribbon cutting and cake, were held at Salt Lake City on 5 May as KLM launched a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) service to the Utah airport from Amsterdam. Cutting the ribbon are: Maureen Riley, Executive Director, Salt Lake City Airport; Reed Forrester, District Sales Manager, Delta Air Lines; Pieter Groeneveld, VP Network Planning, KLM; Eric Caron, GM USA, Air France/KLM; Marnix Fruitema, SVP North America, Air France/KLM; and Daniel De Simone, Station Manager Salt Lake City & Dallas Fort Worth, KLM. Fellow SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines also operates the 8,003-kilometre sector with five weekly flights. KLM will increase services to thrice-weekly from 4 July.
A ribbon cutting was also held at Astana Airport on 3 May when KLM launched a four times weekly service from Amsterdam. According to OAG Schedules Analyser data, two of the four services will operate via the carrier’s existing Almaty operation.
- KLM continued its expansion this week with the launch of two new long-haul routes from Amsterdam (AMS), adding to its inauguration of short-haul services to Genoa and Valencia the previous week. On 3 May the SkyTeam member commenced services to Astana (TSE), a 4,434-kilometre sector which will be flown four times weekly, with two rotations operating via the carrier’s existing Almaty service according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. No other carrier currently serves the city pair. On 5 May KLM launched flights to its latest destination in the US in the form of a twice-weekly service to Salt Lake City (SLC), an 8,003-kilometre sector which is already served by Delta Air Lines five times weekly. “We are absolutely thrilled to have KLM’s new route to Amsterdam,” said Maureen Riley, Executive Director for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports. “It’s further evidence of a growing market in Salt Lake City, a robust economy that we have here, and the demand that we have for access to international destinations.” The airline will increase services on the sector to thrice-weekly from 4 July. Both of the SkyTeam member’s new routes will be operated by its A330-200 fleet. See how Salt Lake City Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.