KLM to add 2 more flights from Hyderabad

Hyderabad: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate two more weekly flights between Hyderabad and Amsterdam, taking the number up from 4 to 6 a week, this winter and also operate a direct flight between Delhi and Amsterdam.

KLM has said that it will also raise its capacity on its daily flights from Delhi to Amsterdam by 45 per cent by utilising a Boeing 747-400, instead of an MD-11 aircraft. The announcements were made by Warner Rootliep, general manager for India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

According to Rootliep, KLM will introduce its fifth additional flight between Amsterdam and Hyderabad from 31 October and the sixth one would be introduced from 8 January 2008.

The Boeing 747-400 that will be pressed into service between Amsterdam and Delhi from 28 October will have a capacity of 42 seats in the world business class and 386 seats in the economy class, KLM representatives said.

KLM partner, Air France, will also add an additional frequency on its Chennai-Paris service, taking the total number of flights offered by Air France, KLM and Northwest Airlines between India and Europe to 45 weekly flights this winter, representatives said.

Northwest Airlines operates a daily A330 flight between Mumbai and Amsterdam while Air France operates daily flights from Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai to Paris and a four times weekly flight between Chennai and Paris.