The recovery of the intercontinental route network, which is still suffering from travel restrictions, is slowing down. The number of distant destinations increases from 51 in July, to 59 in August and 61 in September and October. There were 69 in the same period last year.
In addition, only one third of intercontinental flights still only carry freight. Until recently, this was on half of all distant flights. “As soon as local travel rules allow, KLM will also start transporting passengers on these flights again,” it says.
The number of intercontinental KLM flights is around 2,000 in August and September, compared to just over 1,800 in October. Last year there were about 3,300, 3,200 and almost 2,600 respectively.
Since air traffic is being scaled up again, KLM has opted to expand the number of destinations first. Only then is it considered to increase frequencies or increase capacity by deploying larger devices on certain routes.
KLM announced last week the opening of scheduled services to three new destinations: Cork (Ireland), Southampton (United Kingdom) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). According to KLM, the opening of new routes will compensate for the loss of demand on other routes.