KLM Royal Dutch Airlines resumes flights from Edmonton International Airport
A vital connection to Europe and destinations beyond is returning to Edmonton with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offering essential service from Edmonton International Airport (EIA).
After a five month pause, KLM will resume offering its non-stop service from Edmonton to Amsterdam, beginning October 29, 2020. The twice weekly service will operate Thursdays and Saturdays with a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. KLM and EIA worked tirelessly to develop a scenario which adheres to all current health and travel restrictions and provides the Edmonton Metro Region with international access non-stop from Edmonton.
Due to federal restrictions, international flights are still not allowed to land at EIA, however, that restriction only applies to flights arriving to (not departing from) EIA. As such, KLM will implement a circle route that will see it arrive at Calgary International Airport when it returns to Canada, picking up passengers in Calgary, then flying to EIA to pick up Edmonton travellers and then continue non-stop to Amsterdam. KLM will not operate or sell solely the domestic Calgary-Edmonton route.
“Resuming international service is a major priority for us. Service to Amsterdam will help open the world back up for our passengers as well as provide an important cargo route. KLM has been a tremendous partner for EIA and the Edmonton Metro Region and we’re glad to have one of the world’s oldest and top airlines returning to our runways", says Tom Ruth, CEO and President Edmonton International Airport.
There are roughly 250 passenger flights a week currently taking place at EIA. Under its ‘EIA Ready’ campaign, airport staff have continued enhanced levels of cleaning that have been in place since March. The airport is also working with partners such as the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) on safety measures such as temperature screening for passengers starting September 23, and mandating masks inside the terminal building due to the Covid-19 pandemic.