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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today announces the addition of a fourth daily flight to its schedule out of Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), cementing its operations out of Merseyside. The new frequency commences on 10 May 2010 and alongside improved timings for the original three daily flights, the schedule will increase long haul connectivity via its award winning hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

This new frequency announcement comes less than a year after the route’s inaugural flight on 30 March 2009 and is a testament to KLM’s commitment to the Liverpool region. The faster long haul connections mean that travellers in the region can now take advantage of smooth and seamless travel to destinations such as Shanghai, Johannesburg and Mexico.

Capacity on the route will increase by a third (33%) daily and the additional flight rotation provides more flexibility for point to point passengers as well as offering even more European connections on a daily basis. Seats on the fourth frequency are bookable as of today via, KLM telephone reservations on 0871 222 7474 or at local travel agents. A Fokker 70 jet aircraft, which carries up to 80 passengers, will fly the new frequency.

From 10 May the new flight schedule will be:
Depart Arrive
0605 LPL 0825 AMS
0925 AMS 0945 LPL
1025 LPL 1240 AMS
1300 AMS 1320 LPL
1400 LPL 1615 AMS
1620 AMS 1640 LPL
1720 LPL 1935 AMS
2045 AMS 2105 LPL
To celebrate the new frequency launch, KLM is offering a fantastic fare promotion on all Liverpool-Amsterdam flights with return fares available for just £79* per person, inclusive of all taxes. This promotion is bookable between 04 and 25 March 2010 for travel up until 30 September 2010.

Comments Henri Hourcade, General Manager AIR FRANCE KLM UK and Ireland: "Our new summer schedule is great news for Liverpool and for KLM and is a tangible symbol of the strength of our operations out of Merseyside. Whether travelling for business or leisure, the new schedule means faster connectivity with KLM’s intercontinental route network, seamless integration with our European network and the convenience of being able to do a full day’s business in Amsterdam and be back home in time for dinner.

The improved Liverpool-Amsterdam schedule also means Merseyside has access to long haul travel from the convenience of its own doorstep. Passengers no longer need to embark upon long car journeys to other airports in the region for direct flights – with a minimum 50 minutes connection time at Schiphol, KLM offers fast and efficient long haul travel."

Neil Pakey, Deputy CEO of Peel Airports comments: "We’re thrilled that KLM has confirmed a fourth frequency for the summer schedule. This gives the region’s business community more flexibility and the added convenience of starting long haul journeys to an even greater choice of worldwide destinations from their local airport. The airline’s entry into Liverpool has been a real boost for the business community as well as the Airport and this extra daily flight will ensure that our city can develop further on an international stage and seen as an attractive hub for global business."

Mike Taylor, Director of Investment and Enterprise, Liverpool Vision says: "We have always been very supportive of the links that KLM provides the city through their flights to Amsterdam Schiphol and a fourth daily flight enhances Liverpool’s connectivity, especially at a time when Liverpool is about to take centre stage at the World Expo in Shanghai.

"This very welcome news will also be warmly received by all our Expo sponsors and we very much hope that the business community throughout the Northwest recognises and supports this vital air route to world markets."
Lorraine Rogers, Chief Executive of investment and tourism body The Mersey Partnership (TMP) says: "KLM’s expansion is excellent news. Securing this hub operation for Liverpool was a priority for both TMP and LJLA – and KLM’s further commitment, after only one year, is welcomed. Their further investment gives Liverpool City Region even greater connectivity with the rest of the world. The timing of this extra flight will give both business and leisure travellers an enhanced service."

Jack Stopforth, Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce comments: "I‘m delighted to see that KLM are expanding their service from Liverpool JLA. We worked hard lobbying for this service to come to Liverpool. I knew that the city was ready to support a scheduled service from a national carrier. The expansion indicates that link to KLM’s Schiphol hub is meeting the needs of the city’s business community and provides an attractive alternative to more congested hubs."

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, with its SkyTeam partners, connects Liverpool to over 800 destinations worldwide via four daily flights to Amsterdam. The carrier’s hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, offers smooth connections with just 40 minutes connection time for short haul flights and only 50 minutes for long haul flights. Passengers therefore no longer need to travel to a larger airport to experience global travel; KLM offers worldwide connections from the comfort and convenience of a local airport.

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