KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will adjust capacity to many destinations during the
summer of 2003 due to market circumstances. Capacity on some routes will
be trimmed by deploying smaller aircraft or reducing flight frequencies.
Elsewhere, on routes that traditionally attract more passengers in summer
than in winter, KLM will increase frequency and/or capacity. On balance, KLM
will withdraw a Boeing 747-300 and some regional turboprop aircraft from
operations at the start of the summer schedule. A second Boeing 747-300 and
a third Fokker 50 may be withdrawn from operations during the second half of
the summer schedule.
The 2003 summer schedule begins on Sunday, March 30, and ends on
Saturday, October 25.
Two new European destinations will be added to the KLM network:
Trondheim (Norway) and Bern (Switzerland). The twice-daily roundtrip service
to Trondheim will be operated by KLM cityhopper with Fokker 70 equipment.
The thrice-daily roundtrips between Amsterdam and the Swiss capital of Bern
will be operated by Air Alps.
The summer schedule will see increased daily frequencies to the cities of
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Munich, Istanbul, Athens, Lisbon, Nice, Rome,
Venice and Bologna. Frequencies to the following destinations will be trimmed: London City, Cardiff, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, Stuttgart and
∑ In Asia, KLM will intensify codesharing with China Southern Airlines, raising
the number of roundtrips between Amsterdam and Shanghai from three to five.
∑ In Africa, KLM will add the cities of Durban and Port Elizabeth to its network
through codesharing with the South African regional carrier Comair. KLM will
take over daily roundtrip between Amsterdam and Casablanca, currently operated by Transavia. Owing to ongoing political unrest in the Ivory Coast,
KLM flights to Abidjan remain suspended until further notice.
∑ In Central and South America, KLM will reduce frequency to S„o Paulo by
one weekly flight. Frequencies to the Dutch Antilles and Bonaire will be
∑ In the Middle East, KLM will reduce weekly flight frequencies to Amman and
Damascus, and operate an additional flight to Almaty. Flights to Tel Aviv will be
operated with a Boeing 737-800 during the summer of 2003.
With the delivery of two new Boeing 747-400 Extended Range Freighters, KLM
Cargo will be able to better serve is customers in specific markets.
Freighter capacity to Singapore, Osaka/Tokyo will be supplemented with
freighter capacity to Hong Kong, in addition to the daily combi flights.
January 9, 2003, freighter flights to Osaka have made an intermediate landing
in Almaty instead of Anchorage. The Almaty cargo market is commercially
attractive and KLM Cargo is currently the only provider of freighter capacity in
the Kazakhstan capital. The alternative route also reduces flying time to