KLM announces direct flights to Edmonton
by Travel Alberta
Starting May 5, 2015, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will offer non-stop air service between Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Year-round service will commence operation with three times a week service on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, with a fourth Friday flight to be added on June 22 for the summer. The new route will operate with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 30 Business Class seats, 35 Economy Comfort Zone Seats, and 178 Economy seats. The aircraft will also offer wide-body cargo shipping opportunities.
"Adding Edmonton to the worldwide KLM network will enable us to further increase our presence in Canada as we now offer a second destination in the Province of Alberta," declared Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO.
Travel Alberta has partnered with KLM on award-winning marketing campaigns to support the current Amsterdam to Calgary route.
“KLM is a key global partner that provides Alberta with new and innovative marketing opportunities,” said Royce Chwin, Travel Alberta’s Chief Executive Officer. “We will leverage the successful partnership Travel Alberta and KLM have built over the past six years to continue to drive visitation to Alberta.”
EIA is Canada’s fastest-growing major airport over the last ten years, serving seven million passengers in 2013, and offering non-stop connections to more than sixty destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.
"KLM’s new non-stop flight to Amsterdam gives our passengers access to another outstanding European gateway with connections to over 120 destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. KLM is an outstanding world-class airline, renowned for great service and great international destinations, and we're very pleased to be added to that fantastic network," says Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport.
“Canada and the Netherlands have a long history of friendship and trade. The new air service will make it easier than ever for Netherlanders and international visitors to explore all Alberta has to offer: our spectacular natural beauty, our vibrant arts and culture scene, and our supportive business environment. Thank you to our partners in helping us open air access to the province, a key priority in Alberta’s Tourism Framework,” says Maureen Kubinec, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism.
KLM is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, a group of twenty airlines including Air France, Delta Airlines, Alitalia, and China Airlines. KLM also offers Flying Blue, a program that allows passengers to earn credits for flights, hotels, vehicle rentals and more.