Monday 28 May 2018

KLM set to fly from Dublin to Amsterdam for first time in 50 years

Dutch capital direct

KLM will take off from Dublin Airport for the first time in 50 years
KLM will take off from Dublin Airport for the first time in 50 years

Luke Byrne & Pól Ó Conghaile

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is set to operate flights from Dublin to Amsterdam starting from the end of October.

The airline today revealed that it will run two direct flights a day between Dublin Airport and its European hub at Amsterdam Schiphol.

The flights are the first KLM has scheduled from Dublin in 50 years.

Passengers will be able to connect through Amsterdam via two daily flights starting from October 30 - with departures from Dublin at 5.55am and 1.15pm.

A big win for Dublin Airport, the route is also a clear play for transfer business, with KLM’s long-haul network offering connections to some 130 destinations, including Johannesburg, Havana, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Flights from Amsterdam to Dublin will operate from 12pm and 9.20pm, the airline said, with fares starting from €99 return.

The announcement makes Amsterdam one of the best connected cities from Dublin, with daily flights already in operation by Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

KLM's new service will be operated using Embraer 190 aircraft, offering three travel classes - business, economy and economy comfort.

The Dutch airline was the first continental carrier to serve Dublin Airport in 1947, but ceased its route in 1966 and hasn't operated from the capital since.

The flights are the 16th new service announced from Dublin this year.

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