MIAMI – Summer is coming and KLM (KL) is getting ready to take full advantage of new travel opportunities to fly its customers home and abroad.

To do so, the carrier is beefing up its network, badly slashed by the pandemic crisis, rebuilding it and offering customers a number of choice destinations both for business and summer holidays travelers by flying to 96 city pairs compared to the 92 flown in the summer of 2019.

The new summer 2021 destinations are Belgrade (BEG) from May 13, and Verona (VRN), Palma de Mallorca (PMI), and Dubrovnik (DBV), all starting from June 26. All cities will be served up to seven flights per week. Southampton (SOU), Poznan (POZ), and Cork (ORK) were added earlier in the year.

Other changes concern Vaxjo, Sweden (VXO), which is temporarily suspended, while Marseille (MRS) and Nantes (NTE) will be operated by Air France (AF) out Amsterdam-Schipol (AMS).

KLM AZirbus 330-200 PH-AOE – Photo : Liam Funnell/Airways

Comments from KLM CEO

KL President and CEO, Pieter Elbers, commented on the summer season initiative by declaring it a response to the coming market conditions. Elbers added, “At KLM we are prepared to carry passengers to their destinations in a completely responsible manner. We offer our customers a flexible ttravel policy and the highest standard of hygiene.”

"We are extremely pleased that there are more possibilities to travel again." Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO Click To Tweet

Continuing with its expansion plan, KL is increasing capacity to popular destinations, by adding flights or using larger aircraft, such as Porto (OPO) and Ibiza (IBZ) during the peak months of July and August. Compared to 2019, KL deploys more availability – from 50% to 75% – to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Greece.

Featured image: KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXO in Skyteam Livery. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways