KLM wants to resume flight operations to Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten in early June. “We want to start up the network further and see demand for tickets from the market. The Dutch would like to go on a summer vacation, ”says CEO Pieter Elbers in conversation with Aviation News Magazine. “With all measures taken on board and on the ground, we do this as safely as possible.”
During the corona crisis, KLM continued to fly on Curaçao in order to provide the island and other parts of the Caribbean Netherlands with relief supplies and medical care. In total, more than five hundred tons of freight were transported to Curaçao. In addition, more than twenty repatriation flights were carried out to pick up stranded Dutch people.
Start up under conditions
KLM is now taking the next step, according to Elbers. From 3 June, in addition to Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire and Sint Maarten will also be connected to Schiphol. From all islands it is possible to travel to the Netherlands on these flights, for people who would like to return to the Netherlands.
Elbers emphasizes that booking tickets on these flights for Dutch holidaymakers depends on the relaxation of the travel restrictions that are still in force on the islands. As it looks now, Aruba and Curaçao will be the first to open their borders to tourists. Once that happens, tickets become available for sale.
Flights via Curaçao
The flights to the islands are, as the planning now looks, with a stop on Curaçao. KLM deploys Airbus A330s on its flights. The schedule looks like this:
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