MIAMI — Last Monday, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines began operating a thrice weekly service from Minneapolis to Amsterdam. The inaugural flight was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Marnix Fruitema, senior vice president, North America KLM, along with Brian Ryks, executive director/CEO, Metropolitan Airports Commission.
The carrier is operating the route using an Airbus 330-200, which features 18 World Business Class seats, 35 Economy Comfort seats and 214 seats in Economy Class.
The new route will be served on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Flights depart from Amsterdam at 09:35 and arrive to Minneapolis at 11:20. The return flight leaves Minneapolis at 15:00 p.m. and arrives to Amsterdam at 06:00, all local times.
The service supplements three daily flights between Amsterdam and Minneapolis operated by Delta Air Lines, Air France KLM’s transatlantic joint-venture partner.
KLM once served Minneapolis as a partner of Northwest Airlines, but that ended in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11 and its immediate impact in air travel.