Supported by the City of Amsterdam, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the aim of bolstering collaboration and accessibility between the Netherlands and China. Xiamen Airlines has chosen Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as a European hub. As a consequence of the cooperation between KLM and Xiamen Airlines, the number of direct flights between Amsterdam and the city of Xiamen will double.

Amsterdam: the gateway to Europe for Chinese companies

KLM announced the signing of the memorandum on their website. Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan is extremely pleased with the close collaboration between these two airlines, noting: “The City of Amsterdam is happy to support this cooperative relationship. Direct flights from Xiamen to Amsterdam aptly reflect the international partnerships forged between Amsterdam and a number of cities in China – both economically and culturally. What’s more, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers a favourable investment climate to Chinese companies that are serving the European market via Amsterdam.”

Connecting countries and continents

With 57 flights to Greater China every week, KLM is the single largest supplier of air travel to China from Europe. Together with its existing partner, China Southern Airlines, KLM flies directly to eight destinations in Greater China: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hangzhou and Chengdu, as well as Taipei in Taiwan. The eighth Chinese destination is Guangzhou, which is operated by China Southern Airlines. Xiamen and Hangzhou are unique KLM destinations in China. No other European airline offers nonstop flights to Xiamen and Hangzhou. Every year, KLM transports a million passengers to and from China.