Effective 29 March 2020, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will replace one of its daily services between Brussels and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with seat capacity aboard the Thalys high-speed train.
In recent months, KLM, Thalys
KLM has regularly indicated that it is in favor of replacing short-haul flights with rail services, as long as trains fully match the speed, reliability
The decision to reduce flight frequency from five to four flights a day on the Brussels-Schiphol route, in combination with the improved Air&Rail product aboard the Thalys, is
Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO, said:
“Intermodal transport involving trains and planes remains a complex and challenging business. Speed is key, not only in terms of the train itself but also the transfer process at the airport. We aim to make maximum progress in both areas. Reducing our frequency from five to four flights a day is a good way of gaining more experience with Air&Rail services.”
This step is part of KLM’s commitment to “Fly Responsibly”, which aims to create a sustainable future for air transport.