As the world’s states make the decision to relax social distancing measures, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is announcing a gradual increase in the number of flights and destinations. If during the peak period of the pandemic KLM operated between 5 and 10% of the total flights, by the end of July 2020, the company aims to reach 30% of the total number of flights. The Bucharest – Amsterdam route is also included in this stage of flight expansion, and the first flight is scheduled for June 17th, 2020.
The flights will be operated daily starting with June 17, in extended hygiene conditions throughout the check-in, boarding, flight and disembarkation process. All flights provided in the summer program may be subject to change depending on the decisions of the authorities, the needs of passengers in Romania and the degree of occupancy of aircraft.
“Our passengers want to return on board the KLM aircraft, as proof of the considerable number of reservations received since the first days, when the Bucharest – Amsterdam flight reappeared in the reservation systems. We have positive signals from the Dutch business community, but also from Romanians who work or live in the Netherlands, so we are very happy with this good news. All flights will be operated in compliance with all hygiene and protection measures, both on-board our aircraft and at the airport “, said Alexandru Dobrescu, Country Manager of Air France KLM Romania and Bulgaria.
Mandatory protective masks on-board and other measures against COVID-19
Protective masks are mandatory on all flights operated by KLM, both for passengers and flight personnel. Aircraft cleaning procedures will be carried out on all flights, with disinfection of all surfaces that come into contact with passengers, such as armrests, tables, screens, etc. On flights with a low occupancy rate, physical distance on board will be implemented by keeping empty seats around the passenger.
KLM is rebuilding its destination network and will operate a minimum number of flights in the first phase. By the end of July 2020, KLM’s plans include returning to about 78% of all destinations operated before the pandemic broke out. At European level, KLM will fly to 73 destinations, more than double compared to May. The number of flights is also increasing. The company aims to operate 3,000 flights in July and a percentage of about 30% of total flight frequencies.