KLM commenced flights to its latest European destination on 30 October – Dublin. The SkyTeam member will operate the 748-kilometre route twice-daily on its E190 fleet. From next year, the airline has already announced that the connection will be flown up to four times daily. Amongst the line-up at Dublin is Vincent Harrison, MD Dublin Airport (second from left).
Passengers disembark KLM’s inaugural flight from Amsterdam in Windhoek on 30 October, a route which operates via the carrier’s existing Luanda service. Once all passengers were off the flight, it was then time for a VIP line-up photo to be taken. KLM will operate to the Namibian capital thrice-weekly.
- KLM inaugurated three routes from its Amsterdam (AMS) hub this week, one each to Asia, Africa and Europe. On 30 October it commenced flights to Dublin (DUB) and Windhoek (WDH), with the latter operating via the carrier’s existing Luanda service. The following day the airline added a connection to Colombo (CMB). The only route of KLM’s that was inaugurated this week that will face direct competition is the 748-kilometre link to the Irish capital. KLM previously had a code share agreement with Aer Lingus between Amsterdam and Dublin, however the Irish flag carrier still continues to operate the city pairing 31 times weekly according to OAG schedules, while Ryanair – which launched flights on the then monopoly route last October – offers a four times daily service. Neither the 8,374-kilometre link to Windhoek nor the 8,364-kilometre sector to Colombo face incumbents. Flights to Dublin will be flown on KLM’s E190 fleet twice-daily, while Windhoek rotations will be carried out on A330-200s thrice-weekly. Colombo, which will be served by the carrier’s new 787-9s, will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). Flights to Dublin from next year will increase to four times daily.