Gdansk Airport welcomed the arrival of KLM on 15 May. Seen cutting the cake in the Polish city are: Yeshwant Pawar, GM Air France-KLM for the Alps, Balkans and Central Europe; Ron van Dartel, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Poland; and Tomasz Kloskowski, Chairman of the Board, Gdansk Airport. KLM will operate the route from Amsterdam daily.
Braving the rain in Graz to officially open KLM’s new service from Amsterdam were: Josef Herk, President of the Economic Chamber of Styria; Horst Schachner, Chairman, ÖGB Steiermark; Guido Hackl, Country Manager Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia for Air France-KLM; DI Wolfgang Malik, Chairman of the Management Board of Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungen; Gerhard Widmann, MD Graz Airport; Kirsten Pronk, VP Finance & Control, KLM Cityhopper; Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, Minister for Economic Affairs, Tourism, Europe, Science and Research; Siegfried Nagl, Mayor of Graz; and Michael Schickhofer, Deputy Head of State. The route from Amsterdam will be flown daily.
- KLM has added three new European airports to its network this week, linking its hub at Amsterdam (AMS) to Gdansk (GDN), Graz (GRZ) and Porto (OPO), with all three routes launching 15 May. Commenting on the launch of flights on the 935-kilometre link to Gdansk, Yeshwant Pawar, GM Air France-KLM for the Alps, Balkans and Central Europe, said: “We observe the high demand for flights to Gdansk from passengers from the Netherlands and Western Europe, as we know the city of Gdansk, with such a long history, is a very popular and interesting tourist destination. What’s more, the Polish economy is doing well, so this is another argument for coming here to northern Poland.” Flights to Gdansk, along with the 967-kilometre connection with Graz, will not face direct competition. However, services on the 1,593-kilometre route to Porto will go head-to-head with TAP Portugal (daily flights), Transavia (daily) and Vueling (three times weekly). While Porto services will be flown on the SkyTeam member’s 737-300s, both Gdansk and Graz will be served by KLM’s fleet of 88-seat E175s. The addition of Gdansk, Graz and Porto to KLM’s network adds to the airline’s recent launch of flights from Amsterdam to Cagliari, Catania and Split. As a result the Dutch flag carrier will be serving 146 destinations non-stop from its home base this summer, an increase of 11 compared with last summer. See how Gdansk, Graz and Porto airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.