KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ SkyTeam partner Xiamen Airlines yesterday began operating service to Amsterdam. KLM has operated service to Xiamen since 2011 three times a week, which brings the total number of weekly flights between Amsterdam and Xiamen to six this summer.
By raising flight frequency on the route, the two airlines will draw more business and leisure passengers. The launch of this new service increases the total number of passenger flights between Amsterdam and China from 57 to 60 a week. These 60 flights contribute to creating a highly favourable business climate in the Netherlands and also drive economic growth.
KLM’s strategy is to further develop Amsterdam as a gateway between Europa and China, together with Chinese partners like Xiamen Airlines. KLM and its Chinese partners annually carry more than a million passengers between Amsterdam and eight destinations in Greater China, offering codeshare services to 30 destinations beyond these cities.
Xiamen Airlines has been profitable for 28 consecutive years, which is a unique record. Similar to KLM, both are members of SkyTeam. The Xiamen Airlines flights will operate in code share with KLM.