KLM has introduced three new destinations to its network.
The Dutch carrier has restarted flights from Amsterdam to Turin for the first time in 10 years, with a twice daily service now operating on a 74 -passenger aircraft.
The launch comes after the success of Transavia’s flights to the destination and to complement partner Air France’s route to the Italian city, with KLM to focus on driving both business traffic and leisure for city and ski breaks.
Speaking at the launch in Turin which Travel Daily attended, KLM’s deputy CEO and chief operating officer Pieter Elbers said the airline expects to fly 20,000 people on the route in its first year.
Despite its short distance, he told Travel Daily that many Brits choose to transfer through Amsterdam onto European destinations.
“The UK is one of our important markets and one in five of our flights come or go from a destination in the UK,” he said. “Many passengers from the UK are connecting in Amsterdam to destinations throughout our network including those in Europe. Schiphol is preferred for connections.”
KLM has also launched daily flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bilbao and Zagreb.