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Korean Air Will Add 4 Passenger Routes To China And The Philippines

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Korean Air recently announced that it will open new passenger routes to China and the Philippines in the second half of 2019. The three new routes in China are: Nanjing-Seoul, Hangzhou-Seoul and Zhangjiajie-Seoul routes.

Nanjing is a famous historical and cultural city in China. It is one of the seven ancient capitals of China and an important economic and cultural center in eastern China. Hangzhou was once the seat of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea during the Anti-Japanese War. It is a world-famous garden city and was once described by the Italian traveler Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and prosperous city in the world”. Zhangjiajie is a famous tourist city. It is famous for its unique landform features and is a paradise for adventure travelers. With the opening of three new routes in China, the route network of Korean Air China will be more abundant, bringing more convenience to the travel of tourists from both countries and further contributing to the development of local tourism.

At the same time, Korean Air will also open scheduled flights from Seoul to Clark in the Philippines at the end of October this year. Clark is a famous tourist city in the Philippines where visitors can experience a variety of outdoor activities such as snorkeling, hot air ballooning, hot springs and golf. It is ideal for family and children. The opening of the route provides a richer and more convenient choice for Chinese tourists to travel during the end of the year and the Spring Festival holiday.

In addition to the above four new routes, Korean Air will also increase the number of flights on some popular routes to provide passengers with a better travel experience. From September 1st, 2019, the Korean Air Seoul-Delhi route will increase from 5 classes per week to 7 classes per week. From the end of October, the Beijing-Incheon route will also increase from the current 14 classes per week to 18 classes per week.

At the same time, due to the decline in passenger demand, Korean Air will also suspend the Incheon-Nandi route from October 1. The move is to optimize the route layout based on passenger travel needs, improve operational efficiency and passenger satisfaction. For passengers who have already booked the route, Korean Air will assist passengers in changing the reservation in advance, minimizing inconvenience.

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KLM Prepares To Operate At Half Capacity This Winter

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KLM Fleet At Amsterdam Airport

The planned upscaling of KLM’s European network in September has been put on hold owing to adjusted travel warnings, prompting Code Orange (essential travel only) designations for the UK, Spain, parts of France and other countries. Compared to August KLM’s route network in September and October remains stable.


Parked KLM Fleet, Image Rights: Marco Spuyman
Parked KLM Fleet, Image copyight: Marco Spuyman

The European Commission has announced the extension of the ‘slot waiver’ to the entire winter timetable. This has enabled KLM to respond more adequately to the rapidly changing market conditions as a result of COVID-19, even during the winter season. 

In addition to the financial impact, operating less well-filled flights would also be undesirable from a sustainability perspective.


“We are making all possible savings within the group and in the companies, which is essential to be able to get through the months to come.”

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith told French daily L’Opinion

He believes that it may take until 2024 for Air France-KLM Group’s business to return to the level of 2019.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around 55% of capacity in 2019.

KLM was gradually and responsibly expanding its European and intercontinental network, after the corona crisis had prompted severe restrictions on destinations and frequencies. 

KLM’s primary aim is to offer customers the widest range of destinations, after which we will consider increasing the number of frequencies or expanding capacity by deploying larger aircraft.

In August, KLM served almost 100% of its European network in terms of destinations, with capacity at approximately 60% compared to pre-corona levels.

  • Effective 25 October 2020, KLM will begin operating daily flights to the Polish city of Poznan.


Intercontinentally, KLM served 80% of its destinations at 60% capacity. At present, a third of these intercontinental flights are carrying cargo only. This means seat capacity is way down. KLM will carry passengers on these flights again as soon as local travel regulations allow.

  • From the beginning of September, KLM will resume a twice-weekly service to the Chinese city of Hangzhou, flying via Seoul Incheon in South Korea. 
  • KLM will also operate a twice-weekly service to Cairo.
  • Riyadh will also be added to the KLM network as a new destination (original start was September 26th, but is now scheduled for December 7th). 
  • On 29 October, KLM will also start a circle flight to add Edmonton back to the Canadian network. The flight will depart to Calgary, then call at Edmonton and fly back to Amsterdam.

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