KLM increases seat capacity on Leeds Bradford – Amsterdam route for summer 2020


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KLM increases seat capacity on Leeds Bradford – Amsterdam route for summer 2020
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  • KLM has increased seat capacity on its Leeds-Amsterdam flights with a daily upgrade to a Boeing 737-700 aircraft .

  • Up to 128,500 seats will be available between Leeds and Amsterdam during the summer season.

KLM has announced that it will increase seat capacity on its Amsterdam route from Leeds Bradford Airport. The increase will see a KLM mainline 737-700 operating on the midmorning rotation from March 28th 2020. Currently, KLM operates 3 flights a day between Leeds Bradford Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol, providing a valuable link between the region and the capital city of the Netherlands.

The popular route is well established with Dutch flag carrier having operated from the Yorkshire airport for over 30 years. The additional seat capacity will result in almost 6% year on year growth, and has been introduced to meet the growing demand on the route. It will create new opportunities for customers to visit the beautiful city of Amsterdam for a short break or take advantage of quick and convenient connections to 165 KLM destinations worldwide, via its award winning hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, said:

“As a result of positive commercial performance and strong passenger numbers, we are delighted to be in a position to introduce a larger aircraft, a mainline KLM B737, on our Leeds Bradford to Amsterdam route, increasing capacity by 7000 seats for the summer season.” “This 6% capacity increase will provide both business and leisure passengers from the Yorkshire area with greater opportunity to take advantage of seamless connections to KLM’s worldwide network via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.”

Commenting on the additional capacity, John Cunliffe, Aviation & Commercial Director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the additional capacity investment into LBA by KLM. Having recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, KLM is our longest serving airline partner, having operated at the airport for over 30 years” “The investment of additional capacity by KLM serves to reconfirm the economic significance of the Leeds City Region, the largest economy in the UK outside of London. At Leeds Bradford Airport, we are able to access 165 worldwide KLM destinations via Amsterdam and I am delighted to be working with KLM to support the development both of Leeds Bradford and the wider region” The flights due to be operated by the KLM mainline 737-700

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Comments

If this is what the airport consder to be 'massive' news then I think we all need to be very worried.

I cant imagine this is it, after all its not even an extra flight, its just a slightly larger aircraft!

Lets wait and see.
 
If this is what the airport consder to be 'massive' news then I think we all need to be very worried.

I cant imagine this is it, after all its not even an extra flight, its just a slightly larger aircraft!

Lets wait and see.
I think to be fair, the ‘massive’ news thing was introduced by poster ‘Bobby Ham’ not the airport. Wouldn’t be difficult for Bobby to tell the group whether the news he was expecting relates to something else
 
If this is what the airport consder to be 'massive' news then I think we all need to be very worried.

I cant imagine this is it, after all its not even an extra flight, its just a slightly larger aircraft!

Lets wait and see.
Okay back to reality now!

@LBAYORKIE no one from the Airport was directly quoted as saying "Massive news" It actually came from a member on this forum @Bobby Ham see post https://forums4airports.com/threads/72/page-135#post-179347

The airports Aviation & Commercial Director John Cunliffe was in fact quoted as saying. "Look out for more exciting route news from LBA during the next week" On his Linked In feed last week https://forums4airports.com/threads/72/page-137#post-179803

I think a very good few of us got very carried away over the past week or so. It's worth noting that today's KLM news is encouraging and very much welcomed.
 
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It's great this has finally received publicity but this is not big news as it was on the booking system some 3/4 weeks ago when I was making a booking! So actually its poorly managed late PR rather than big on point news!

Hoping for another glimmer of hope or am I being greedy!
 
Car park charges was bigger news than this....what a let down.
Bobby Ham I remember you saying to WH that you were surprised she hadn’t heard anything, that’s because there’s nothing to get excited about, I knew and mentioned on here it would turn out to be nothing.
 
Car park charges was bigger news than this....what a let down.
Bobby Ham I remember you saying to WH that you were surprised she hadn’t heard anything, that’s because there’s nothing to get excited about, I knew and mentioned on here it would turn out to be nothing.
Oh no, now I'm sad.
 
So we were advised in good faith that an LBA director had phoned up to convey news of forthcoming 'massive news' and that led to widespread hysteria about Easyjet coming and other great events for LBA. Now we have this news and the widespread hysteria has gone the other way and everyone assuming that this is the 'massive news' and a huge let-down. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but if we don't cut Bobby Ham some slack here it won't exactly encourage anyone to post their news, rumours etc, whether good, bad or indifferent. It wasn't Bobby that mentioned Easyjet or any of the other possibilities.

As for KLM Mainline introducing this 737 operation, I do know that LBA management have been trying to get an increase in capacity and possibly the 737 from Mainline for several years, without success, due to lack of aircraft availability combined with lack of slots at AMS, so finally securing something like this is actually pretty good news for the airport. Considering that we have also seen a decent increase in flights for next year with our resident Jet2, bringing back some of the passengers we had in the past lost over the Pennines to Thomas Cook, we seem to be doing OK to once again cover the loss of seats caused by the withdrawal of one based Ryanair aircraft.
 
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