The first flight from Airport Amsterdam Schiphol received a festive welcome at London City Airport with the aircraft flying Dutch and UK colours as it taxied to the arrival gate.
On board were Boet Krieken, Managing Director, KLM Cityhopper and Warner Rootliep, General Manager Air France-KLM Great Britain & Ireland.
Said Warner Rootliep:
We’re delighted to be back in the heart of London city. The new KLM service will offer our passengers a seamless and efficient service from Central London, not only to Amsterdam, but also to exciting worldwide destinations such as New York, Dubai and Hong Kong. We know how important connectivity is to both our corporate clients and our leisure customers and we are confident that this new service will be another KLM success story.
Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport met the delegation, officially welcoming the carrier back to London City after a gap of almost 8 years.
It is a pleasure to welcome back KLM, the national flag carrier of the Netherlands, to the only London airport actually in London, boosting our long-haul connectivity and offering greater choice to passengers travelling between Amsterdam and London. Amsterdam continues to be a hugely popular route for the airport, last year seeing 6% of passenger growth and becoming the second busiest route in terms of passenger numbers. Now KLM customers will benefit from the speedy and efficient passenger experience that London City Airport offers, and the advantages of our location – a short distance from the City of London.”
As of today, KLM will start a one-daily service from the conveniently located London City Airport to KLM’s award-winning hub at Airport Amsterdam Schiphol and will further increase frequencies in the following weeks reaching four frequencies per day in time for the commencement of the KLM Summer schedule at the end of March 2017.
The airline will offer a number of connections to its worldwide network of over 150 destinations, including New York, Dubai, Hong Kong and Lagos. All flights will be operated by KLM Cityhopper, using Embraer 190 aircraft, carrying up to 100 passengers.