KLM’s Amsterdam to Southampton
Showcasing the traditional route launch cake in Southampton, which highlights the vast onward connection opportunities from KLM’s hub in Amsterdam are: Dave Lees, MD, Southampton Airport; Councillor Linda Norris; and Boet Krieken, MD of KLM Cityhopper. Southampton Airport heralded the start of services with a ribbon cutting ceremony which was performed by Krieken, with Lees and Warner Rootliep, GM of Air France-KLM UK & Ireland (fourth from right), watching over proceedings along with the KLM crew and town criers Barry and Bobbie Roberts.
- KLM further expanded its European network from Amsterdam (AMS) on 16 May with the inauguration of two services. The airline has added both Dresden (DRS) and Southampton (SOU) to its short-haul network, following on from Genoa and Valencia two weeks ago. Services on the 632-kilometre sector to Dresden will be served daily facing no incumbents. Flights on the 446-kilometre link to Southampton will be operate twice-daily (daily Saturdays and Sundays) facing direct competition from Flybe. Commenting on the launch from the UK airport, Dave Lees, MD of Southampton Airport, said: “We welcome the arrival of KLM today, and the worldwide opportunities that this has created. Southampton is now linked to destinations in all five continents via easy connections at Amsterdam Airport. This is especially important for businesses, universities and the cruise industry in this region.” Both services will be flown by the carrier’s Fokker 70s. Southampton becomes KLM’s 15th UK destination, with the SkyTeam member adding services to Inverness from 17 May. Dresden becomes the carrier’s 10th German route from Amsterdam. See how Southampton Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.