In 2016 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its medium-haul network with scheduled service to five new destinations. “Customers from all over Europe fly KLM to our hub in Amsterdam to connect with flights to our destinations around the world. We aim to develop our European network so that we can offer more direct flights to and from Amsterdam and more and better connections via Schiphol,” said Pieter Elbers - KLM President & CEO.
As of 1 February 2016 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will cease operations to Köln in Germany. Passengers from the Köln and Bonn area can still be accommodated on KLM operated flights to/from Düsseldorf. In summer 2016 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will expand its medium-haul network with scheduled service to five new destinations: Southampton, Inverness, Dresden, Genoa and Valencia.
Southampton starting May 16. Southampton is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England and is situated 121 km south-west of London and 31 km north-west of Portsmouth. Southampton is noted for its association with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire and more recently as the home port of a number of the largest cruise ships in the world. Southampton has a large shopping centre and retail park called West Quay, which upon opening was the largest City-Centre shopping complex in Europe.
Inverness starting May 17. Inverness (meaning "Mouth of the River Ness") is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, well known for its beautiful natural environment (Loch Ness & Isle of Skye). The Inverness area has been identified as Scotland’s top economic performer. It is home to Scotland’s largest life science business, as well as to big brand names in the food and drink industry, including many globally-renowned whiskey distilleries.
Southampton and Inverness will be the 15th and 16th destination in the UK directly served by KLM.
Dresden starting May 16. Dresden is the capital city of the State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city center. Before and since German reunification in 1990, Dresden was and is a cultural, educational, political and economic center of Germany and Europe.
Dresden will be the 10th destination in Germany which is directly served by KLM from Amsterdam.
Genoa starting April 22. Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy. Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the Proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city's rich cultural history in notably its art, music and cuisine allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Niccolo Paganini. Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres. The historical maritime station of Ponte dei Mille is today a technologically advanced cruise terminal, with facilities designed after the world's most modern airports, to ensure fast embarking and disembarking of latest generation ships carrying thousand passengers.
Genoa will be the 7th destination in Italy which is directly served by KLM from Amsterdam.
Valencia starting April 23. Valencia is the capital of the community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 hectares; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.
The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port at the Mediterranean Sea.
Valencia will be the fourth destination in Spain which is directly served by KLM from Amsterdam.