KLM will begin its summer season flying only a small fraction of its normal capacity, as a result of the coronavirus and travel restrictions.
Although the Dutch carrier will operate to 57 destinations, it is dramatically paring back its frequencies.
“From 29 March until and including 3 May, KLM plans to fly to 25 intercontinental and 32 European destinations,” it says. “During this period, KLM will fly according to an adjusted schedule, which amounts to about 10% of the normal number of flights.”
KLM’s intercontinental routes will be operated with Boeing 787s and 777s as its 747s are being retired from service. Cirium fleets data shows that KLM has seven 747s. The oldest entered service in 1991 and the youngest in 2002.
Within Europe, KLM has planned its 32 routes from Amsterdam Schipol to connect “as much as possible” to its international network.
Cirium schedules data shows that last April, on a per-week basis, KLM operated 1,345 flights to 111 destinations, offering capacity of 287,000 seats.