The Dutch airline KLM has become the latest major international airline to restore some of its routes in the US, as airlines scramble to get ready for an increase in demand following the US easing its travel restrictions imposed on European travelers. The airline follows in the footsteps of the likes of Finnair, who recently increased its number of flights from Scandinavia to the US just a few weeks ago.
Whilst it might have come after the busy summer travel period, the easing of travel restrictions – coupled with record-low prices for flights between the US and Europe – means that the travel industry in the US could be gearing up for a much-needed busy fall and winter influx of European travelers. Here’s more information on the routes restored by KLM, plus a look at other routes that have been revived once more.
KLM Restores Routes – Information For Travelers
With travel between Europe and the US at a relative standstill, many airlines were forced to scale back their operations in a bid to save cash and other expenses througout the pandemic. Often against their will, airlines have been forced to react to over-zealous policies from their governments. Just a few weeks ago, at the start of September, KLM had issued a press release that explained their decision to pull back on their operations was not one that they necessarily wanted to take.
Referencing the strict entry policy of the Netherlands, the statement read:
“The decision by the Dutch government is a big step backwards. Health and fighting Covid-19 are paramount but the measures taken must be effective and proportionate. It looks like other EU member states, such as Italy, France and Belgium are not putting a triple lock on the door for travelers from the US.”
However, the decision by the US to ease its restrictions imposed on European travelers has led to a renewed sense of optimism and hope in the travel industry, and has led airlines towards resuming the very routes that they once had to close. For KLM, this means the restoration of several flights to the US; from Amsterdam, flights will now be available to Miami and Las Vegas, and vice-versa, giving both American and Dutch travelers more option this winter.
Now set to start on December 7th – despite originally set to resume from October 31st – the restored schedule will see KLM flights depart Amsterdam at 10:20 and arrive in Miami at 14:20 on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with flights from Miami to Amsterdam departing at 16:30 and arriving in Amsterdam the next day at 06:50 on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Flights from Amsterdam to Las Vegas depart at 12:35 and arrive in Las Vegas at 14:10 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, with flights in the other direction departing Las Vegas on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 15:59, set to arrive in Amsterdam on the following day at 10:50. Each of the flights will use Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Earlier in the month, the US was also handed a boost courtesy of Finnair as several other European destinations were added to the list of options available to American travelers. The announcement saw increased connectivity between Stockholm and Miami, Los Angeles and New York, as well as between Helsinki and Chicago. With the easing of restrictions, more routes and destinations could be set to follow suit.
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