Air France-KLM Adds Fortaleza to its Route Network

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Air France-KLM is pursuing its development strategy in Brazil and will simultaneously link Fortaleza to its two main hubs at Amsterdam-Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle as from May 2018.

These new routes will be operated respectively by KLM with 3 weekly flights and Joon with 2 weekly flights.

Air France-KLM and its partner GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes will launch a third hub in Brazil with the new flights to Fortaleza operated by KLM and Joon, a destination also served by GOL to and from cities in the North and North East of Brazil such as Belém, Manaus, Natal, Recife and Salvador. This will also enable customers of both airlines to benefit from easier connections, seamless service and a wider choice of medium and long-haul destinations. With this new network, customers will also benefit from single check-in throughout their trip and a guaranteed baggage tracking service.

“By launching flights to Fortaleza, operated by two of the group’s airlines, we are once again confirming our position as a leader in the local market. This new transatlantic offer, a meeting point between South America and Europe, makes Fortaleza a strategic hub that will make our customers’ trips easier and greatly increase their connecting opportunities in the region”, said Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.” This project has been made possible thanks to the strength of our partnership with GOL. Its network will provide our customers with a wider choice of destinations to and from North and North-East Brazil”, he added.

Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM added:

“Brazil is an important focus market for KLM. The addition of Fortaleza to our network, KLM’s third Brazilian destination, opens up new air routes between major cities in the north and northeast of Brazil. KLM’s partnership with the Brazilian airline GOL creates a new strategic hub, which firmly links Amsterdam and South America. Fortaleza fits perfectly into our network strategy and is a welcome addition to the South American destinations we are able to offer our customers.”

“We are going to improve our network in Fortaleza to provide fast and efficient connections with Air France and KLM flights. We will adjust the schedules and increase the offer to Recife, Salvador, Belém and Manaus, as well as a new route to Natal and we will offer clients traveling from the north and northeast to Europe, or for those who come to visit Brazil, an experience with several benefits at every stage of the trip”, explained Paulo Kakinoff, President of GOL. “This is another important step we take in our strategic partnership, which has been in place for three years”, he added.

KLM will offer two weekly flights between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Fortaleza operated by Airbus A330 with a capacity of 18 seats in Business Class, 35 seats in Economy Comfort and 215 seats in Economy. Starting 2 July 2018, KLM will add an additional frequency.

Air France-KLM in Brazil

During the 2018 summer season, the group, leader in South America, will offer 391 082 seats to Brazil thanks to 40 weekly services to 3 destinations operated by Air France, KLM and Joon:

3 weekly flights operated by KLM on Monday, Thursday and Saturday,
2 weekly flights operated by Joon on Friday and Sunday.

Sao Paulo
14 weekly flights operated by Air France on a daily basis,
7 weekly flights operated by KLM on a daily basis.

Rio de Janeiro
7 weekly flights operated by Air France on a daily basis,
7 weekly flights operated by KLM on a daily basis.

In addition, our Brazilian partner GOL will provide the group’s customers with connections to 5 destinations in Brazil from the Fortaleza hub: Belém, Manaus, Natal, Recife and Salvador. It is the intention that this number of Brazilian destinations connected via the Fortaleza hub will increase in the future.

Air France-KLM and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes customers benefit from an optimized network, with 104 European destinations and 50 destinations in Brazil.

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