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KLM blocks passengers at European destinations from coming to Amsterdam on Saturday

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is going through a very tough period.

The airline issued this statement:

At the end of Saturday afternoon, 4 June, 2022 KLM was regrettably compelled to decide that passengers at European destinations would no longer be allowed to board flights to Amsterdam.

Although a substantial package of measures was taken before the weekend, KLM has faced unforeseen and urgent circumstances that are beyond its control.

Due to unfavorable weather conditions and runway maintenance at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, many aircraft couldn’t land or take off in Amsterdam.

This means a large number of KLM flights on Saturday were delayed or even cancelled. The number of passengers who were unable to depart from Amsterdam due to these external factors has increased sharply.

To ensure safe and workable operations at Schiphol for passengers and crew, KLM took the far-reaching decision that no further passengers would be brought to Amsterdam. This decision was taken to ensure that as many stranded passengers as possible can depart from Schiphol on Saturday and that KLM can operate as many flights as possible on Sunday.

It’s incredibly unfortunate that on top of everything else today, we’re also dealing with reduced runway capacity at Schiphol as a result of unfavorable winds and runway maintenance. Despite intervening earlier to ensure workable operations this weekend, today has been another extremely difficult day for our passengers and crew. We are apologizing to our customers for the inconvenience and doing our utmost to ensure that we can return to workable operations as swiftly as possible.”
Rene de Groot – Chief Operating Officer

The decision to stop bringing passengers from European destinations to or via Amsterdam remained in force for the whole of Saturday. Looking at the current weather forecasts, KLM does not expect to continue stopping passengers flying from European destinations into Amsterdam on Sunday and expects to run the operation as planned.

KLM offers its sincere apologies to passengers who were unable to travel to Amsterdam from certain European destinations, as well as those who were unable to transfer via Amsterdam to other final destinations.

We understand that this decision has great impact on passengers, particularly during the Whit Monday weekend. KLM would like to stress that it is doing its utmost to offer passengers alternative flights as quickly as possible.

KLM aircraft photo gallery:

PLAY adds Amsterdam to its winter schedule

PLAY (Keflavik) has added Amsterdam to its winter schedule.

Flights will operate twice a week, Mondays and Fridays.

The inaugural flight to Amsterdam will be on December 3, 2021.

This addition to the flight schedule is due to increasing demand for flights to/from Iceland in line with the improving status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WestJet arrives in Amsterdam

WestJet celebrated the launch of its new route between Calgary and Amsterdam with the 8:55 p.m. MT departure of WS20, on the airline’s 787 Dreamliner (below). Thursday night’s flight was the airline’s first launch of new service to Europe after more than 18 months and marked a significant milestone in WestJet’s commitment to restoring its global network.

WestJet celebrates the inaugural flight of its new route between Calgary and Amsterdam. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

WestJet’s new service operates two-times weekly, increasing to three-times weekly on September 9.  All flights will be operated on WestJet’s 787 Dreamliner, featuring WestJet’s Business Cabin including lie-flat pods, dining on demand and WestJet’s award-winning caring service.

Details of WestJet’s service between Calgary and Amsterdam:

Route Frequency Start Date
Calgary – Amsterdam 2x weekly Aug. 5 – Sept. 5, 2021
3x weekly Sept. 9 – October 31, 2021
Amsterdam – Calgary 2x weekly Aug. 6 – Sept. 6, 2021
3x weekly Sept. 10 – November 1, 2021


KLM’s old 747s live on in AMS M Corridor

KLM and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol made this announcement on social media:

Planters made from an old KLM Boeing 747 and windmills from old information desks – you can find all this and more in the renovated M corridor.

Corendon to place a Boeing 747-400 in its hotel garden, ex-KLM PH-BFB gets a new home

Travel agency, airline company and hotelier Corendon will have a complete Boeing 747-400 transported from Schiphol airport to the Corendon Village Hotel in Amsterdam this February. There the plane will be placed in the hotel garden.

For this mega job Dutch specialized transport company Mammoet has been brought in. Mammoet will transport the 150 ton plane in five days from the airport to the hotel, starting Tuesday evening February 5. During its spectacular last journey, the Boeing has to cross 17 ditches, highway A9 and one provincial road.

The Boeing 747-400 is the former KLM aircraft ‘City of Bangkok‘ (PH-BFB) that will be given a new final destination after 30 years of reliable service.

In recent weeks it has been painted in the colors of Corendon in Rome. Also it is has been stripped of all serviceable parts, such as the engines, by aircraft recycling company AELS. After the transport the plane will be placed in the garden of the Corendon Village Hotel Amsterdam.

The aircraft will be converted into the Corendon Boeing 747 Experience, which will open its doors at Q3 of 2019. The hotel opened last year in the former headquarters of Sony. With over 680 rooms, suites and apartments it is the largest hotel in the Benelux. Guests have a clear view of Schiphol Airport.

What happens when?

Tuesday 5 February 22.00 hours – Wednesday 6 February 07.00 hours: kick off:

On Tuesday, February 5th, at 11 pm the aircraft will roll on a self-propelled trailer of transport giant Mammoet, crossing Schiphol Airport. It will leave the airport site via the Zwanenburgbaan and will be transported over the meadows towards the Sloterweg. Here the Boeing 747 will stay for two days.

Friday 8 February 00.00 hours – Saturday 9 February 05.00 hours: Crossing the A9

The most spectacular part of the transport is the crossing of highway A9. This will happen during the night of Friday 8th on Saturday February 9th. After that the aircraft will follow its route towards the Corendon Village Hotel.

Saturday 9 February 00.00 hours – Sunday 10 February 04.00 hours: The final meters

The aircraft will cross the Schipholweg during the night of Saturday 9th to Sunday February 10thand will make 57 traffic movements before it takes its place in the garden of the Corendon Village Hotel.

All images by Corendon.


Norwegian starts Amsterdam – New York JFK service

Dedicated to Jonathan Swift, Irish Writer

Norwegian on May 7, 2018 started a new route linking Amsterdam with New York (JFK). The new route will operate four days a week.

The pictured Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CKNY operated the first flight.

Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air UK) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-CKNY (msn 63312) (Jonathan Swift, Irish Writer) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941811.

Norwegian UK aircraft slide show:

Georgian Airways to add Cologne/Bonn and Lyon service from Yerevan

Airzena Georgian Airways Boeing 737-790 WL 4L-TGM (msn 33012) AMS (Michael B. Ing). Image: 902827.

Georgian Airways (Tbilisi) has announced two new European routes starting in April from Yerevan.

Twice-weekly service from Yerevan to Lyon will commence on April 19 and twice-weekly Cologne/Bonn service will follow on April 24, 2018 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Airzena Georgian Airways Boeing 737-790 WL 4L-TGM (msn 33012) AMS (Michael B. Ing). Image: 902827.

Georgian Airways aircraft slide show:

Welcome Air stops flying, its last Dornier 328 is sold

Welcome Air Dornier 328-110 OE-LIR (msn 3115) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 928723.

Welcome Air (Innsbruck) operated its last flight on December 26, 2017. The airline has not yet issued an official statement on its website.

The last flight operated between Antwerp and the Innsbruck base. As a result, the last aircraft, Dornier 328-100 OE-LIR (above) was sold.


At its peak, the charter airline operated five Dornier 328s.

Welcome Air was also the parent company of Tyrol Air Ambulance.

The airline was founded on June 14, 1995. Scheduled operations began on May 22, 2000.

The company took a hit in February 2015 when Austrian Airlines announced it would terminate the agreement with Welcome Air to operate the Vienna – Linz route for Austrian. As a result the fleet was reduced.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Welcome Air): Welcome Air Dornier 328-110 OE-LIR (msn 3115) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 928723.


Nordica to add Groningen – Nice service

Operated by LOT Polish Airlines

Nordica (Tallinn) will add seasonal weekly service connecting Groningen with Nice from June 16 to October 6, 2018 according to Airline Route.

In other news, Nordica welcomed its one millionth passenger on December 20, 2017. The airline issued this statement:

Compared to 2016, Estonia’s national airline Nordica has flown 65% more passengers in the year to date – including, today, the one millionth traveller to fly with the airline!

During the high season Nordica flies to 20 destinations and remains unchallenged as the airline with the largest share of the Estonian market.

Toomas Uibo, Nordica’s Director of Marketing and Communication, says that the company had expected to break the one-million-passenger barrier in 2018 but that its successful period of growth has meant it reaching this symbolic milestone before the end of 2017. “For a small country and a young airline, that’s a big number,” he said. “It means a lot. We’re really grateful to all of the passengers who’ve flown with us and helped us hit this mark much earlier than we thought we would.”

The airline presented its one millionth passenger with two free tickets to the Nordica destination of their choice. The lucky recipient will be able to choose from more than 20 destinations.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Nordica): Nordica – LOT Polish Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) ES-ACF (msn 10085) AMS (Marco Finelli). Image: 936529.

easyJet receives approval for the Airberlin Berlin Tegel acquisition

The first Airbus A320neo, delivered on June 14, 2017

easyJet (UK) issued this statement:

easyJet is pleased to confirm that it has received European Commission approval for its recent agreement to acquire part of Air Berlin’s operations at Berlin Tegel Airport.  The acquisition will result in easyJet operating 25 aircraft from Berlin Tegel Airport. The agreement includes easyJet leasing former Air Berlin aircraft, taking over other assets including slots, and offering employment to Air Berlin flying crews. The Commission has confirmed that there are no competition concerns relating to this agreement and easyJet now expects to complete the transaction in the near future.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHA (msn 7646) (NEO) AMS (Antony J. Best). Image: 938254.