SkyTeam Round the World and Europe Pass Fares Offer Travelers More Choices

Travel News Asia 13 April 2005

Passengers traveling via SkyTeam's Round the World (RTW) and Europe Pass products will soon have greater options, in terms of schedules and destinations, with the addition of Continental's, KLM's and Northwest's route networks. Effective April 15, RTW customers can select flight options from any of the nine member airlines, while Europe Pass customers have their choice of routes operated by the alliance's four European carriers.

For RTW passengers, the new options provide greater access to destinations in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as key cities in Africa. In Europe, passengers with a trans-Atlantic or inter-continental ticket can now extend their trip with discounted fares to destinations such as Belfast, Northern Ireland and Berne, Switzerland under the Europe Pass product.

"As we approach the busy summer travel season, choice and flexibility are high priorities for leisure travelers," said Dominique Patry, chairman of the SkyTeam Steering Committee and vice president alliances and international affairs at Air France. "SkyTeam, with its customer focus, understands these needs and is pleased to offer additional options now that our network reach has expanded with the inclusion of Continental, KLM and Northwest."

Originally introduced in 2002, SkyTeam's Europe Pass allows alliance customers who purchase a trans-Atlantic or inter-continental ticket to Europe to also purchase three or more one-way intra-European flight segments at reduced fares. The segments are available on flights operated by Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to destinations in 44 countries. Fare prices Plus local taxes are calculated on the basis of distance flown in Europe for each coupon on non-stop flights operated by the four carriers.

For those with itineraries that span both the Atlantic and Pacific, SkyTeam offers passengers choice and flexibility with four RTW packages. On a trip around the world, travelers can plan between three and 15 stops, with the opportunity to backtrack on the same continent. Fares for the four RTW packages are based on the number of miles traveled and are good for trips ranging in length from 10 days to up to one year. All itineraries must start and end in the same country and require a trans-Atlantic and a trans-Pacific flight.

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