MIAMI – KLM (KL) will be adding six new destinations to their international network for the winter season, from October 31 until March 2022. The news comes following the Dutch flag carrier had previously announced expansions in Europe for this upcoming summer.
“This [announcement] ties in KL’s strategy of first expanding its network where recovery will be quickest,” the airline said in a press release dated May 26. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wane, KL added, route expansion is once again the airline’s goal.
The New Routes
The new destinations include Mombasa, Orlando, Cancun, Bridgetown, Port of Spain, and Phuket, with all flights to/from Amsterdam Airport Schipol. Mombasa, a beach destination in Kenya, will be serviced twice per week with the Boeing 787-9. The 787-9 will also serve Orlando, FL four times per week and Cancun, Mexico three times per week.
KLM’s Airbus A330 will serve both Bridgetown, Barbados, and Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago three times per week, and the Thai Island of Phuket will be serviced with a Boeing 777-300.
KLM’s service to Orlando-MCO is notable as the airline’s first foray into the State of Florida’s third-largest city. The new route will give Dutch residents more streamlined service to one of the world’s most-visited cities, famous for its many theme parks.
“As we continue to see a rebound at Orlando International Airport (MCO), it’s particularly critical we see the recovery of international travel to and from Central Florida,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Residents of Orlando and Central Florida will also have easier access to Amsterdam, and its many cultural landmarks.
Featured image: KLM PH-BVF. Boeing 777-306(ER). Photo: Fabrizio Spicuglia/Airways