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KLM adds capacity on Bristol-Amsterdam service

Created: 17th Apr 2014

Larger aircraft to operate all four daily flights. Bristol Airport’s link with award winning European hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, has been strengthened thanks to Dutch airline KLM’s introduction of additional capacity on its four-times daily service.

KLM introduced the Embraer 190 aircraft on two of its daily departures from Bristol to Amsterdam in April 2013, and has now extended this to cover all flights. Effectively over the last twelve months KLM has increased capacity by over 20 per cent on this route.

The Embraer 190 aircraft offers increased capacity thanks to its stretched fuselage fitted with a new engine and wing design. This means that it is not just a stretch version with better performance, but a totally optimized aircraft. It is also more fuel efficient while offering much higher performance in terms of range, speed and comfort. Also it has an efficient passenger configuration with two seats on each side of the aisle meaning all passengers have access to a window or aisle seat.

A fourth daily flight has operated since 2011, providing flexibility for passengers and making more onward connections accessible from Schiphol. The most popular connecting destinations from Bristol last year were Bremen, Johannesburg, Beijing, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Lima, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore and Dubai.

Warner Rootliep, AIR FRANCE KLM General Manager for the UK and Ireland said:

"At Air France KLM we are always investing in new products and listening to passengers’ demand. With the introduction of the new Embraer 190 we are delighted to be able to increase our capacity on our Bristol – Amsterdam service where there is a strong demand. Bristol is a key regional airport in our extensive UK network so it is important to provide the best service to our local customers. We are delighted to see that enhancing our services from Bristol has resulted in more passengers using this airport as their departure point to travel the world".

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, adds:
“KLM provides passengers in the South West with connections to hundreds of destinations across its global network via Amsterdam. The airline has demonstrated its commitment to the region by continuing to develop its product from Bristol Airport, to the benefit of businesses who rely on access to overseas markets.”