EDMONTON, Alta.– KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ first non-stop flight between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Edmonton landed today at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). The new year-round service gives EIA passengers from across Western Canada convenient access to Amsterdam and KLM’s vast global network, said a release.
The Edmonton-Amsterdam service is now offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and a fourth Friday flight will start on June 22 for the summer. The new route operates with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft – with shipping space for wide-body cargo under flight numbers KL 675 and KL 676.
“Today, we are proud to add Edmonton as our 5th Canadian gateway bringing our offer this Summer to 39 weekly flights between Canada and The Netherlands,” says Erik Swelheim, KLM CFO. “This opening further reinforces the importance of the country in KLM’s worldwide network, Canada being one of the top 3 long haul markets.”
“Edmontonians, northern Albertans and western Canadians now have access to another outstanding European gateway with connections to over 120 destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East,” says Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “We are pleased to join KLM’s expansive network and that our customers will enjoy a highly regarded international airline with excellent customer service.”
The addition of wide-body service to Europe and beyond is an important new cargo opportunity, benefiting the resource sector and others that need to ship important cargo globally, said the release.