Dutch airline KLM, one of Cardiff Airport’s longest-serving airlines, has announced new daily connections from Wales’ national Airport to Valencia, Dresden, Genoa and Salt Lake City via Amsterdam Schiphol for summer 2016.
Access to long-haul destinations has also improved, with an increase in the number of weekly flights to the following destinations via their Amsterdam hub:
KLM’s partnership with Delta also means that up to 19 cities in North America can now be reached with one stop via Amsterdam. These destinations include a new daily connection to Salt Lake City plus:
Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal
USA: Boston, NYC, Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and LA
Mexico: Mexico City
Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: “KLM plays a vital role in promoting connectivity to and from Wales. It’s important that our customers understand how simple and straight forward it can be to reach medium and long haul destinations with one easy connection, rather than spending extra time and money to drive down the motorway and fly from other airports. Amsterdam Schiphol is a vibrant hub well equipped to help passengers connect to onward destinations with ease.
“To see new connections being added to KLM’s growing network is very exciting. The airline currently flies up to three times a day to Amsterdam and we see consistently strong load factors, in fact the airline will also be operating more flights using its larger Embraer 190 jet aircraft moving forward. Their new partnership with Delta has added a number of new one stop North American connections which will be of huge benefit to our customers who choose to fly from Cardiff to the world.”
Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO, said: "Customers from all over Europe fly KLM to our hub in Amsterdam to connect with flights to our destinations around the world. We aim to develop our European network so that we can offer more direct flights to and from Amsterdam and more and better connections via Schiphol. So I am proud to announce that we will add five more European destinations to our network, giving European travellers more options to explore the world. The new destinations are relevant to our hub and to our position in the local markets."
Dresden is the capital city of the State of Saxony in Germany. It is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendor. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city center. Before and since German reunification in 1990, Dresden was and is a cultural, educational, political and economic center of Germany and Europe.
Dresden will be the 10th destination in Germany which is directly served by KLM from Amsterdam.
Genoa is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy. Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the Proud one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006. The city's rich cultural history in notably its art, music and cuisine allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Niccolo Paganini. Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres. The historical maritime station of Ponte dei Mille is today a technologically advanced cruise terminal, with facilities designed after the world's most modern airports, to ensure fast embarking and disembarking of latest generation ships carrying thousand passengers.
Genoa will be the 7th destination in Italy which is directly served by KLM from Amsterdam.
Valencia is the capital of the community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 hectares; this heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Major monuments include Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serrans, the Torres de Quart, the Llotja de la Seda (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996), and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.
The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and the busiest container port at the Mediterranean Sea.
Valencia will be the fourth destination in Spain which is directly served by KLM from Amsterdam