KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will start operating a daily service from Cork Airport to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport from August 3.
The inaugural flight initially planned for March 30 was delayed due to the travel restrictions imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Linking the South of Ireland to the capital city of the Netherlands, the route will be operated by KLM Cityhopper using an Embraer 175 aircraft, carrying 88 passengers.
Passengers will then have the opportunity to connect to up to 100 European and intercontinental destinations via KLM’s hub at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Welcoming the new route, Niall MacCarthy, managing director at Cork Airport said, “KLM is a fabulous airline and we’re really thrilled to finally welcome them to Cork Airport. KLM is part of the Air France KLM group, both parts of which be operating from Cork this year”.
“I firmly believe that more choice is always good for the travelling public. The new service will connect directly into the KLM network in Amsterdam offering great prices and great long-haul options direct from Cork Airport. We expect tourism and the business community throughout the South of Ireland will see the benefits of this new service operated by crisp blue Embraer KLM aircraft from August,” he added.
Benedicte Duval, General Manager for UK & Ireland said, “We’re delighted to be able to continue with our ambition to extend our network in Ireland. The introduction of the KLM Cork to Amsterdam service means that we now have both Air France and KLM operating from Cork. This results in further choice and connectivity for our customers as they can combine the two carriers when travelling long-haul”.
“As borders reopen and travel restrictions begin to ease, safety is a prerequisite for KLM as we gradually resume travel. As we all adapt to this new environment, I can assure you that all KLM staff, both on the ground and on board, are committed to guaranteeing our passengers the highest levels of health & safety. After this challenging period, we look forward to welcoming our Irish customers back on board,” she said.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, KLM has introduced a range of health and safety measures including the compulsory wearing of masks for all passengers, crew members and airport handling agents in contact with customers.
In addition, the air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes.