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KLM and Flybe unite to increase UK routes to Amsterdam and beyond

29 May 2012

Starting on 30th May 2012, KLM and Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, will implement a code-share agreement on two routes, namely between Amsterdam and Southampton and Amsterdam and Inverness.

Through this new partnership, KLM will be offering its customers three daily flights on the Southampton – Amsterdam route and one daily flight on the Inverness – Amsterdam route. The agreement provides passengers from Southampton and Inverness easy connections with the rest of the world via the award-winning Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Flybe will benefit from incremental traffic generated by KLM sales.

Flights on which KLM will put its code will be operated by Flybe with Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and Embraer E-195 aircraft.

Arriving in Amsterdam Schiphol, KLM customers will have the choice of connections to more than 150 destinations worldwide on routes operated by KLM and its partners.

This partnership enhances the existing cooperation between the Air France-KLM Group and Flybe. Indeed, Flybe and Air France already operate within the framework of a code-share agreement on a substantial number of routes between France and the UK.


About KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world's oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced one of the leading European air transport groups, based on two powerful brand names and hubs — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities while maintaining their own identity: passenger transport, cargo transport and aircraft maintenance.

KLM serves approximately 150 destinations using a modern fleet and employs 33,000 people around the world. KLM offers reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of sustainable innovation. KLM is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance with 15 members providing access to an extensive global network with daily flights to more than 900 destinations.

KLM now operates up to 65 flights on a daily basis from 14 destinations in the UK: Aberdeen, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham-Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds-Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Together with their partners Delta and Alitalia, Air France and KLM operate the biggest transatlantic joint venture with approximately 260 daily trans-Atlantic flights. The joint venture provides customers with the benefits of a vast route network, structured around seven main hubs: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris-CDG and Rome Fiumicino, together with Cincinnati, Lyon, Milan, Memphis and Salt Lake City

About Flybe

  • Flybe is Europe's largest regional airline with 202 routes serving 18 countries, operating from a total of 90 departure points, 35 UK and 55 European airports* (all routes on sale May ’12-Mar ’13)
  • Flybe is the UK’s Number One Domestic Airline operating more UK flights than any other airline: carrying more domestic passengers at London Gatwick than any other airline and operating over four times more domestic routes than any other airline* (UKCAA statistics  Apr ‘11 – Mar ‘12)
  • Flybe was listed on the London Stock Exchange in December 2010
  • Awards:
  • 2011 Chairman and CEO Jim French awarded Commercial Air Transport Laureate by US-published Aviation Week; and inducted into British Travel Industry Hall of Fame
  • 2011Best Short-Haul Airline Business Travel Awards for second consecutive year
  • 2010Best Short Haul Airline and Best Environmental award - Business Travel Awards.
  • In August 2011, Flybe jointly acquired Finnish Commuter Airlines (Finncomm) in a 60-40% partnership with Finnair
  • Flybe concluded major codeshare agreement with Air France in July 2010
  • Flybe placed a multi-billion dollar order with Embraer in July 2010 for up to 140 Embraer 175 and E-family aircraft, the first deliveries having arrived in December 2011.
  • Flybe is the largest scheduled airline, measured by air traffic movements, at Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, the Isle of Man, Inverness, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports(UK CAA statistics – Mar ‘12)
  • Flybe’s Training Academy in Exeter, costing £11.9-million to construct, was officially opened by Rt. Hon George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer April  2011
  • Flybe launched the aviation industry’s first ever eco labelling scheme in 2007
  • Flybe offers the UK’s first independent low fare airline customer loyalty scheme open to all passengers Rewards4all
  • Flybe signed a landmark franchise Agreement with Loganair, the Scottish regional airline, in January 2008– the first of its kind ever for a low cost carrier


* Flown under the Flybe brand, of which  routes and 11 airports are exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair