KLM was welcomed into Monrovia in Liberia on 26 March with the cockpit crew conducting a flag waving ceremony. Services to Monrovia from Amsterdam will operate inbound via Freetown, with the return leg flying non-stop back to the Netherlands hub. No other carrier currently links Amsterdam to the capital of Liberia.
- KLM this week broadened its network from Amsterdam (AMS), launching flights to four new cities on three different continents. The launches began on 25 March, the day on which the SkyTeam member chose to inaugurate flights on the 797-kilometre link to Milan Malpensa (MXP), a route it will operate three times daily on a mixture of its 737s, as it switches capacity from Milan’s downtown Linate airport. It’s remaining three routes are all long-haul sectors, namely Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) in the US, Freetown (FNA) in Sierra Leone and Monrovia (ROB) in Liberia, with the latter two operating as a triangular routing: Amsterdam – Freetown – Monrovia – Amsterdam. Flights to Malpensa will face direct competition from LCCs easyJet and Vueling, while the 6,682-kilometre route to Minneapolis-St. Paul is also flown by fellow SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines. Vote for Freetown’s and Minneapolis-St. Paul’s FTWAs in this week’s Arch of Triumph Public Vote.
||Milan Malpensa (MXP)
||easyJet (27), Vueling (7)
|Monrovia (ROB) via FNA
||Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
||Delta Air Lines (16)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 28 March 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.