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Larger aircraft boosts long-haul from Bristol

Created: 2nd Jul 2014

More South West passengers connecting to KLM global network. The number of people using flights from Bristol to Amsterdam to make long-haul connections has increased, according to figures from Dutch airline KLM.

Connecting traffic on flights between Bristol and KLM’s Schiphol hub has increased 12 per cent following the introduction of a larger aircraft. KLM introduced an Embraer 190, with a seat capacity of 100, on two of its daily departures in April 2013, and extended this to cover all flights earlier this year.

The most popular long-haul connections for Bristol passengers are Nairobi, Cape Town and Osaka, closely followed by Tokyo and Singapore, clearly demonstrating the worldwide reach provided by KLM’s global network. With Air Passenger Duty set to be reduced for journeys over 4,000 miles from April 2015, long-haul connections are expected to see continued growth.

Warner Rootliep, AIR FRANCE KLM General Manager for the UK and Ireland said:
“Our operations in Bristol are crucial to our extensive regional network. We are delighted to have introducedour brand new Embraer 190 aircraft on this route following demand from our passengers. This aircraft capacity increase – an extra 120 seats per day - means more passengers connecting via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, more easily and to more destinations, and all this from their local airport. This is a win-win for everyone. This year KLM is celebrating its 95th anniversary so this is another reason for South West passengers to choose KLM as their favourite airline to travel the world.”

Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport, said:
“A larger aircraft on the Bristol-Amsterdam route, combined with the convenient transfer process at Schiphol, means that passengers are increasingly choosing to fly long-haul from their local airport. Today’s announcement from KLM highlights just some of the exotic destinations which are now even more accessible for passengers from the South West.”

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.