Beginning tonight, April 2nd, KLM will start repatriation flights from Schiphol to Sydney, Australia, which will bring home almost 2000 Dutch travelers in the coming days. The Boeing 777-200ER, flight KLM827 that departed Schiphol at 20:50 is the first in a series of 6 repatriation flights between Amsterdam Schiphol and Australia.
It will land at Sydney Airport on April 4 and depart towards Schiphol on April 5, where it will arrive on April 6. This flight will be repeated from April 6-10 April. KLM will then fly back and forth 4 times to Kuala Lumpur and from there partner Malaysia Airlines will pick up the Dutch from Australia and take them to Kuala Lumpur where they will transfer to a KLM flight to Schiphol. They will also be flown to other Australian cities and to New Zealand.
KLM operates these flights in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In recent weeks, KLM has already brought tens of thousands of travelers from all over the world home. “We are proud to be meaningful in this way during this global crisis,” says Rene de Groot, KLM COO. “These flights are extra special in KLM’s history. We have had a strong relationship with Australia since 1950, as the country has been a valuable destination in our network for over 50 years. It is now the first time in 20 years that another KLM aircraft lands at Sydney Airport.”