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KLM is the flag carrier of the Netherlands and is headquartered in Amstelveen, with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Founded in 1919, KLM is the oldest airline in the world still operating under it's original name. As of 2013 KLM had a total of 32,505 employees.


KLM and its partners serve over 130 destination across five continents from their hub Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to many destinations worldwide including Luanda, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Manama, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Athens, Accra, Hong Kong, Budapest, Delhi, Kigali, Singapore, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Seoul, Barcelona, Bilbao, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Aberdeen, Kiev and many others.


On 30 September 2003, Air France and KLM agreed to a merger plan in which Air France and KLM would become subsidiaries of a holding company called Air France–KLM. KLM also have group equity shares in a number of subsidiaries from airlines to high speed trains. Airline subsidiaries include Kenya Airways, KLM Asia, KLM Cityhopper, KLM Cityhopper UK, Transavia and Transavia France. KLM are a part of SkyTeam alliance. SkyTeam founded in June 2000 is now the second largest alliance in the world, second only to Star Alliance, in terms of passengers and number of members.


SkyTeam currently consists of 20 carriers from five continents operating a wider service for all of their passengers worldwide. KLM have codeshare agreements with most SkyTeam members including; Aer Lingus, Bangkok Airways, Georgian Airways, Gol, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Olympic Air, Pegasus Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and many others.


KLM currently operate using a variety of aircraft. As of March 2016, the KLM fleet (excluding its subsidiaries KLM Cityhopper, Transavia, Martinair) consists of the following aircraft: Airbus A330-200/300, Airbus A350-900, Boeing 737-700/800/900, Boeing 747-400/400M, Boeing 777-200ER/300ER and Boeing 787-9/10. The total number of aircraft for KLM currently stands at 116 with a further 26 on order to be delivered in the near future.




11th June 2018

Air France and KLM maintain their strong partnership

Rumour has it that there have been questions hovering over why KLM needs its long-term partner Air France when it is standing on its own two feet so well at the moment. It seems however, according to external sources, that both airlines will continue to rely on the support of one another for the foreseeable future.  That said, it also seems possible that the partnership may be holding both airlines back in the European market, as together they seem unable to compete against European aviation giant, Lufthansa. Air France and KLM will continue to be successful together, but the question remains whether one will want to branch off and attempt to take the top spot. There are also rumours that AccorHotels is looking to invest in Air France-KLM, which could turn the airline in to a full-service travel superpower. 



13th May 2010

Air France-KLM dampen profit and growth expectations

Air France-KLM has come to the conclusion that profits may fall this year due to strikes. Air France tickets may have suffered from the  high demand for tickets thanks to robust economies, which has helped to ease the pressure on fares. The results came as Air France staff staged a 13th day of walkouts this year and come hours ahead of a crunch ballot for the group’s chief executive, who has said it would be hard for him to stay if staff vote against the pay proposal. Last year, the group made an operating profit of 1.488 billion euros, although that has been restated to 1.9 billion euros due to IFRS accounting rule changes. Air France believe that the walk outs may have cost the company 300 million euros. KLM reservations can be made with Alternative Airlines. 


23rd May 2017

KLM and TUI Netherlands have announced that they will expand their existing partnership framework by cooperating on various routes while at the same time substantially expanding their combined capacity on routes they already serve together.

The two Dutch airlines have stated that TUI will restore Kenya to its range of destinations. As such, from November of this year onwards, TUI will offer capacity on KLM's new 3x weekly return service to Mombasa, with an intermediate stop in Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta. In addition, TUI will acquire blocks of seats on KLM's new 3x weekly direct service to Mauritius that will commence in November. TUI has an existing presence on the Indian Ocean island through its chain of RIU Hotels.

In South America, TUI will develop synergies with KLM on its Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and San José Juan Santamaría, Costa Rica, services. At the latter, TUI will begin operating tours under the Kras brand next winter. In the Caribbean, TUI fly (Netherlands) (OR, Amsterdam) will suspend flights to St. Maarten this winter, but TUI will continue to offer the Dutch market package trips to this island in cooperation with KLM.

KLM and TUI will also jointly serve various European cities, with KLM taking part in TUI’s “City of the Month” campaign, which highlights a specific city trip within Europe every month.


17th May 2017

After 16 years, KLM is resuming Amsterdam-Mumbai service with a thrice weekly flight beginning from October 29

KLM (part of the Air France-KLM group) will deploy a 294-seat Boeing 787-9 aircraft on the route and the new service will enable Air France-KLM to catch up with Lufthansa that is now the biggest European airline flying to India.

KLM is resuming services from Amsterdam to Mumbai after 16 years with a 3 x Weekly flight beginning from October 29.

16th May 2017

KLM in recent schedule filing adjusted planned seasonal service to Sri Lanka. The winter seasonal Amsterdam – Colombo operation from 29th October 2017 to 24th March 2018, will see 3rdweekly service operating for entire winter season, instead of previously planned 6-week period from 17JAN18 to 01MAR18.

Boeing 787-9 aircraft serves this market.


30th March 2017

KLM Cargo announced as TIACA's newest trustee member

KLM Cargo is the leading air freight carrier in the icelandic market, with services to 54 destinations within North America and Europe. The cargo airline has been announced as the newest member for The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), which will help it to build a stronger role for air cargo initiatives and create a better air cargo community.

28th March 2017

KLM have announced that they will resume flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia

For the first time in 20 years, KLM will resume flights to Freetown in Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia. The flight services were halted during the civil wars in the 1990s.
The new service will fly 3 times a week, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (from Amsterdam and returning via Monrovia)

The return of the service will add more connecting opportunities for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.







General free hand baggage allowance

Hand baggage Economy Class total max. 12 kg

Economy Class on European and intercontinental flights

  • 1 x hand baggage max. 55 x 35 x 25 cm (21,5 x 13,5 x 10 inch)
  • 1 accessory, e.g. a handbag, briefcase or laptop, max. 40 x 30 x 15 cm (16 x 12 x 6 inch)
  • Total weight max. 12 kg (26 lbs).


Hand baggage Business Class total max 18 kg

Business Class for European and intercontinental flights

  • 2 x hand baggage, each max. 55 x 35 x 25 cm (21,5 x 13,5 x 10 inch)
  • 1 accessory, e.g. a handbag, briefcase or laptop max. 40 x 30 x 15 cm (16 x 12 x 6 inch)
  • Total weight max. 18 kg (40 lbs)


  • Large bags that do meet the hand luggage requirements may still need to be checked in at the gate free of charge, due to limited space in overhead bins in the cabin. Please stow small bags underneath the seat in front of you.
  • We strongly recommend to view your personal luggage allowance in My Trip for KLM flights. Please check the websites of other airlines in your itinerary for their (hand) baggage policy.


General free check-in baggage allowance

Check-in baggage Economy Class max 23 kg

Economy Class on intercontinental flights

  • 1 x check-in baggage: L + W + H max. 158 cm (62 inch) and in total max. 23 kg (50 lbs).
  • Flying Blue Silver-, Gold- and Platinum members and SkyTeam Elite- and Elite Plus-members can bring 2 pieces of check-in baggage of the same dimensions and weight.

* This also applies for European KLM flights that are part of an intercontinental journey and KLM flights between continental Europe and Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Russia. 



Economy Class on European KLM flights*

  • Light tickets: 1 piece of hand baggage. If you would like to bring more baggage you can purchase the extra baggage online with a discount during your booking or in My Trip.
  • Standard and Flex tickets: 1 piece of hand baggage and 1 piece of check-in baggage.
  • On top of this, Flying Blue Platinum, Gold and Silver members can bring 1 extra piece of check-in baggage L + W + H max. 158 cm (62 Inch), in total max. 23 kg (50 lbs). This applies to all SkyTeam operated flights. Flying Blue Ivory members have the same baggage allowance as regular passengers.

*This also applies to KLM flights between continental Europe and Algeria, Israel, Morocco and Tunisia.


2 check-in baggage Business Class items each max. 32 kg

Business Class

  • 2 x check-in baggage: L + W + H each max. 158 cm (62 inch) and may weigh each max. 32 kg (70,5 lbs)
  • Flying Blue Silver-, Gold- and Platinum members and SkyTeam Elite- and Elite Plus-members can bring 3 pieces of check-in baggage of the same dimensions and weight. Flying Blue Ivory members have the same baggage allowance as regular passengers.
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Route Map 



Popular Routes


London   Abu Dhabi


Joahnnesburg    Amsterdam


Beijing   London


Lagos    Amsterdam


London    Chengdu


Rio de Janiero   London


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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 

HUB Airport


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands. Amsterdam Airport is the hub airport for many airlines including Corendon Dutch Airlines, KLM, Transavia and TUI Airlines Netherlands. The airport has 6 runways and can handle nearly 60 million passengers every year. 







SkyTeam Alliance is a leading global airline network, with 20 member airlines. SkyTeam alliance was founded in 2000 and now consists of member airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Air Europa, China Southern, Alitalia, China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM and others. SkyTeam Alliance network has nearly 16,323 daily flights, with 1,052 destinations in 177 countries. 




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In 2004, KLM, the long established airline based in the Netherlands, became a subsidiary of Air France. However the airline continues to keep its KLM branding. As well as being half of what is now the world’s largest airline in revenue terms, KLM is also a member of the important Star Alliance which includes Delta Air Lines, Aeroméxico, Korean Air, Czech Airlines, Alitalia, Northwest Airlines, Aeroflot, China Southern Airlines and Continental Airlines. KLM offer a two class service on all its long haul flights with a 60 inch seat pitch in the Buisness Class cabin and an old fashioned, courteous and friendly cordon blue in-flight meal service. KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines KLM Boeing 777We love KLM ! WE love KLM for the simple reason that they consistently deliver to our passengers. They may not be the most exciting airline in the world, but (now they have solved the baggage transfer problems at Amsterdam Schipol) they are, without doubt, the most consistent performers amongst the European giants, in terms of punctuality and customer care in the event of a missed connection. Their spread of long-haul routes out of their Amsterdam Schipol base is impressive with low add on fares from the UK. We are particularly interested in the Amsterdam to Panama City service which started in March 2008 – Central America is a fantastic new holiday destination and KLM will now deliver you right into the heart of this fascinating region.

Garuda and KLM announce co-operation on Bali routes

Garuda Indonesia and KLM airlines are planning to operate with code share flights between Singapore and Denpasar, the international airport which is the gateway for Bali.

KLM launches new Amsterdam to Kigali service

KLM will launch a new scheduled services five times per week between Amsterdam Schiphol and Kigali International in Rwanda from October 31st.

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