KLM to resume operations from Leeds Bradford Airport

From 4 July KLM will resume a daily service between Leeds Bradford and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to assist with essential travel and repatriation.

The route will be operated using an Embraer 190 aircraft, carrying 100 passengers. Throughout the summer, passengers will be able to connect to an increasing number of European and intercontinental destinations via Amsterdam Schiphol.

Benedicte Duval, general manager for UK & Ireland, said: “As borders reopen and travel restrictions begin to ease, safety is a prerequisite for KLM as we gradually resume travel.

“After this challenging period, we are delighted to be able to welcome our Yorkshire based customers back onboard.

“As we all adapt to this new environment, I can assure you that all KLM staff, both on the ground and on board, are committed to guaranteeing our passengers the highest levels of health and safety.”

Joanna Wild, chief commercial officer for Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be supporting KLM in recommencing its flights to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport next month.

“This is an important and popular route for LBA, as passengers are able to access 165 KLM destinations worldwide via Amsterdam.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming travellers and holidaymakers at our airport in the coming months, and we’re working closely with KLM, as well as other industry partners, to ensure the wellbeing of all staff and passengers.”

Since the outbreak began, KLM says it has introduced many measures around screening and hygiene to protect customers and staff, both on board and at airports.

Since 11 May, face masks have become compulsory on board and during boarding.

This is in addition to a range of health & safety measures implemented by KLM and Leeds Bradford Airport in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, which include:

Compulsory wearing of masks for all airline crew members and airport handling agents in contact with customers.

Modification of customer channels on the ground with the implementation of physical distancing along the customer journey at the airport and the installation of transparent protection screens at airports when possible.

Implementation of physical distancing in the airport and on board where this is possible.

Reinforcement of daily aircraft cleaning procedures, with the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens.

Adapting in-flight service to limit interaction between customers and crew members. On domestic flights and short flights in Europe, meal and beverage services have been suspended.