April marks the 25th anniversary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ operations at YVR. The oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name, KLM has been connecting Vancouver and Amsterdam on daily flights since the early 1980s.
Dutch Consul General Mr. Johannes Vervload and AIR FRANCE-KLM’s Vice President and General Manager for Canada, Bénédicte Duval, were joined by Tony Gugliotta, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Vancouver Airport Authority at an official gate ceremony for the departure of Flight # 682 to Amsterdam on April 1. Some 250 passengers and 15 crew members were treated to anniversary cupcakes and a special dedication ceremony.
KLM originally began operations between Schiphol and YVR with two flights per week stopping over in Calgary. Today, the daily Vancouver-Amsterdam run offers an important connection between western Canada and Europe – one that many business and leisure travellers take advantage of, especially in the summer months.
This summer, KLM’s daily flights between Vancouver and Amsterdam will arrive and depart earlier than in years’ past:
Vancouver to Amsterdam Amsterdam to Vancouver
• Departs 16:05 • Departs 13:20
• Arrives 10:25 (+ 1 day) • Arrives 14:00
KLM merged with AIR FRANCE in 2004, making it the largest airline partnership in the world. AIR FRANCE-KLM transports the most passengers in the world and is the globe’s second-largest cargo transporter.