Dutch airline KLM resumes flights to Colombia after 20-year absence

Dutch airline company KLM, will once again offer flights between Colombia and the Netherlands after a 20-year hiatus, Colombia’s El Tiempo newspaper reported on Friday.

The new routes will be from Amsterdam to Bogota and Cali, Colombia, and are scheduled to begin transporting passengers from March 31, 2015.

KLM, which is a part of Air France KLM, will provide flights across the Atlantic Ocean three times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The capacity of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft operating the route, will carry up to 318 passengers.

The new route is part of KLM’s plan to expand the airline’s destinations in South America, which is intended to include a route to Ecuador and Chile.

“South America has captured our interest and the opening of our route in Colombia is an ideal opportunity for further growth in the continent. After increasing frequencies to Ecuador and adding Santiago, Chile to the portfolio of KLM destinations, the expansion of our services to Colombia fits very well with our strategy,” said Pieter Elbers, chief operating officer and CEO of KLM.

KLM flew between the Netherlands and Colombia’s capital from 1992 to 1995, but now it will include the route to Bogota and Cali, bringing the number of flights to 11 different destinations in Latin America.

With the opening of the new routes beginning March 31, 2015, the Air France KLM group will offer 10 flights per week while Air France will offer seven flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Bogota, and KLM will offer three from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Bogota and Cali.


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