MIAMI – In a press release today, KLM (KL) says that its North American network of destinations is almost back to its 2019 level before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the commercial aviation industry. However, seating capacity and frequencies of flights remain far below pre-pandemic levels.

As vaccination rates increase around the world, KLM is prepared for the increase in demand and is ready to welcome its customers safely and responsibly.

During the pandemic KLM preserved its route structure as much as possible so passengers could travel if necessary and cargo transportation was able to continue. This strategy of reducing seating capacity but not destinations, is allowing KLM to scale up quickly as demand increases.

Photo: KLM PH-BKA Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner | Credits: Miles Aronovitz/Airways

Changes in Store

  • The airline will fly to 16 North American destinations in the summer of 2021. This is 1 less than two years ago: Salt Lake City. However, KL will continue to offer a direct flight from Amsterdam to Salt Lake City in cooperation with its partner Delta Air Lines.
  • Depending on demand and the ending of travel restrictions between the US and Europe, KL looks to add Las Vegas and Minneapolis this summer.
  • KLM will add two destinations, Cancun and Orlando, as part of its winter schedule which runs from October 31 to March 26, 2022. This summer, flight frequency will remain lower than in the summer of 2019, with both the frequency and seating capacity vary per destination.

KL expects that, due to increasing vaccinations and the gradual reopening of Europe these numbers will gradually increase. The airline says that it is very agile when it comes to planning its network.

Featured image: KLM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHP. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways