KLM uk is reorganising operations between the UK and Amsterdam, in a move which will see all London Stansted services operated by its low-cost affiliate Buzz.
From 27 October, KLM uk will cease operating its six daily Stansted-Amsterdam Schiphol flights, transferring the slots to Buzz, which will fly the route five times daily. KLM uk will instead increase capacity from UK regional airports to Schiphol: flights from London City will increase from four to six times daily; from Newcastle, to seven from six times daily; and from Manchester to eight times a day from seven.
KLM's UK general manager Tony Le Masurier says Stansted is "clearly now a low cost airline base. We will concentrate our focus on the main business airports serving London, which are Heathrow and London City."
Meanwhile, KLM has cut fares by up to 40% on 13 short-haul routes from Schiphol in a bid to recapture a share of the leisure market. It will also simplify the pricing structure on the routes to no more than eight fares per destination, down from 25.
Source: Flight International