On commencement of its 2017 summer schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be adjusting its schedule for flights between Schiphol and four Gulf States.
KLM will also suspend direct service to Doha (Qatar) from 26 March 2017. This service has proven unprofitable since Qatar Airways launched direct service to Schiphol in June 2015.
Discontinuing service to Doha brings an end to KLM’s 33-year presence in Qatar.
KLM’s flights to Dubai remain unchanged.
Pieter Elbers, KLM president and CEO, said:
“Adjusting the schedule enables us to offer our passengers improved direct connections to the Gulf States. In some cases, this will reduce flight times. The capacity removed from these routes will be deployed for new destinations announced for the start of the 2017 summer season”.
The flights to Bahrain, now operated in combination with Doha, will be continued six times a week (currently five times a week). Bahrain is served after a short stopover in Kuwait and back.
Along with Kuwait, Dammam (Saudi Arabia) will also be served directly (until now, served in combination with one another). Muscat (Oman) will be served after a short stopover in Dammam. These adjustments will provide passengers with better connections to Schiphol.
KLM will continue to serve Abu Dhabi with direct flights.