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KLM is approaching 2019 capacity levels for European and US routes

KLM expects its European capacity this summer to “nearly match” its 2019 schedule, while flights to the United States will return to pre-pandemic levels.

The Dutch carrier said it will serve 167 destinations during the summer season from March 27 to October 29, including 96 routes in Europe and 71 intercontinental destinations.

KLM said its Europe schedule will increase by 10% compared to summer 2021, with increased capacity to the UK, Germany, Poland and Portugal, as well as new destinations such as Belgrade , Dubrovnik and Palma de Mallorca.

The airline added that flights to Ukraine and Russia remain suspended and that it was “keeping a close eye on developments in the region”, as the war in Ukraine drags on into a second month.

KLM has seen demand for transatlantic flights “steadily increase” since the United States reopened its border to European travelers in November 2021.

Flights from Amsterdam to Salt Lake City in Utah will return, while Austin’s Texas gateway will also be added this summer with three weekly flights. This addition brings KLM’s total number of direct destinations in the United States to 12, the highest number in the airline’s history.

KLM is adding frequencies to Delhi and Mumbai in India as Covid-19 restrictions ease. Although flights to China continue to be disrupted by strict Covid rules.

Meanwhile, the closure of Russian airspace to EU-based airlines added an average of two hours to flights from Amsterdam to South Korea, Japan and China, flights to the latter two destinations now stopping in Seoul.