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After a hard stop in April, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has revealed gradually increasing capacity for the summer months. In July the carrier expects to operate 5,000 European flights and in August – 11,000. Intercontinental numbers are around 1,900 in July and 2,100 in August.
As to intercontinental flights, these are restored more slowly because of travel restrictions still in force in many countries globally. Therefore, intercontinental numbers are around 1,900 in July and 2,100 in August.
Currently on half of intercontinental flights KLM carries only cargo. Nevertheless, the company hopes after softening travel restrictions, these numbers will increase.
Although a total of 20,000 flights for the two busiest months of the peak season is not a skyrocketing record (compared to 2019, when KLM in the months of July and August KLM operated a total of some 22,000 flights), it is still a positive trend compared to April.
In April KLM operated 1,116 flights within Europe and 612 intercontinental flights.
As to destinations, “KLM has opted to restart as many destinations as possible first in order to offer customers a wide choice and then to increase frequencies and capacity”.
This means that in July around 80 percent of the normal number of European destinations and around 75 percent of intercontinental destinations (half of flights only cargo) will be offered. In August this will be around 95 percent and 80 percent respectively.