KLM will open a new route to Poland – Business Traveler

By now, many of you will know that KLM of the Netherlands is first and foremost a sixth freedom airline.

So it means you have to continually open up new routes to feed your network.

So it’s no surprise that KLM is adding Katowice, in southern Poland, to its network from October 30.

Luchtvaartnieuws reports that a single daily flight will be operated by an Embraer 195, which can accommodate up to 132 passengers.

At a time when most European airlines serve perhaps a couple of destinations in Poland, we find KLM already serving no less than five: Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw.

The flight times are:

KL 1815 Amsterdam-Katowice 1420-1610

KL 1816 Katowice-Amsterdam 1650-1850

However, this additional route comes at a time when KLM is facing capacity constraints at its home base: Schiphol.

In July, Schiphol told its airline customers to cut back both in terms of the number of flights and passengers.

Schiphol asks airlines to reduce the number of passengers on their flights

Then last week, Schiphol told its airlines to cut the number of flights by a further 18 percent between now and the end of October. This is to reduce congestion within the Schiphol single terminal.

KLM was not happy. Now he must cancel up to 40 flights each day.

But that is not the end of the story.

KLM must operate empty flights to bring back travelers who would otherwise be stranded abroad. Some of these travelers will make connections at Schiphol.

Ongoing problems at Schiphol, which have lasted since May, have led to the resignation of chief executive Dick Benschop.

Hopefully the situation at Schiphol will have eased by the end of October.

klm.com; schiphol.com

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