From October 31, KLM will start the new winter timetable, which will run until March 26, 2022. With the relaxation of more and more travel restrictions, KLM can add more capacity this winter. In this way, KLM will fly direct from Amsterdam to 162 destinations this winter: 72 intercontinental and 90 within Europe. KLM has resumed its entire network before the COVID-19 crisis at a single destination. Compared to the winter of 2019, KLM will be flying this winter on intercontinental flights at about 75% of the capacity.

Thanks to the fact that vaccinated European travelers will be welcome again in the United States from 8 November, KLM is expanding capacity at various American destinations. For example, the number of flights to Atlanta is almost doubled to 12 per week. The service to New York JFK will have 11 weekly flights this winter. KLM will also fly to Las Vegas and Miami this winter, both 3 times a week. The flights to Minneapolis, which were restarted in the summer of 2021, will also continue this winter with 3 weekly flights.

Since last summer, KLM has seen a major increase in demand for travel to the Caribbean part of the kingdom. That is why KLM is also expanding capacity to these destinations, doubling the number of flights to Curaçao to 14 per week. The capacity on the route to Aruba and Bonaire will be increased thanks to the daily deployment of a Boeing 777-300ER, our largest passenger aircraft. In order to meet the expected demand during the Christmas period, 3 additional weekly flights to these islands are planned, bringing the total to 10 weekly flights to Aruba and Bonaire around the turn of the year.

The KLM network is also showing recovery in South America; KLM flies 4 times a week to San José and Liberia in Costa Rica (this was 2 times last winter) and Panama City is served daily again. The capacity on the route to Paramaribo will also increase sharply next winter, with 4 weekly flights – whereas last winter only 1 weekly flight was possible due to strict travel restrictions. KLM's longest scheduled service, direct from Amsterdam to Santiago de Chile, will continue non-stop this winter with 3 weekly flights.

There are also four completely new destinations available this winter: Mombasa, Cancún, Port of Spain and Bridgetown. The first flight to Cancún in Mexico will take place on November 2nd and will take place 5 times a week during the Christmas holidays. This brings the total number of weekly KLM flights to Mexico to 12. The first (combined) flight to Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago and Bridgetown in Barbados took place on 16 October last and will eventually be operated 3 times a week. The scheduled service to Mombasa (Kenya) is expected to start at the beginning of December. A process is currently underway with the Kenyan authorities to obtain the necessary flight permits to Mombasa.

KLM's Asian network is still heavily affected by current travel restrictions. As a result, the demand for these flights is still lagging behind other regions. However, the demand for freight transport to and from Asia is still high, which means that KLM can continue to offer a large part of its destinations this winter season.

Europe

Within Europe, KLM is responding to the strongly increased demand for both holiday transport and business travel. Summer destinations such as Zagreb and Poznan were highly booked and will therefore continue in winter. By adding these destinations, the number of European destinations is even higher than in the winter of 2019.

The number of flights per destination in Europe is in many cases still slightly lower than before the COVID-19 crisis. KLM uses about 84% of the capacity on the European network. Nevertheless, the main European cities such as Berlin, London, Munich and Paris are again flown at least 5 times a day. This makes KLM's winter schedule, with an increase in the number of European flights compared to the summer, extremely suitable for the increasing business transport within Europe. The increase in the number of flights in Europe enables KLM to connect many points within Europe via Amsterdam again; Amsterdam Schiphol's function as a global hub is thus strengthened, says KLM.

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