Enduring tiesOn 21 May, 1946, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines became the first European airline to offer scheduled flights between New York and Amsterdam. According to KLM’s President and CEO Pieter Elbers, the 70th anniversary of that day is a significant and symbolic milestone. “Many of the important milestones in KLM’s history share a link to North America,” he said. “Where pioneering and entrepreneurship served as the key to KLM success in the past, the same will apply to the future.”
In cooperation with Delta Air Lines, KLM now operates four flights a day between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and John F. Kennedy Airport. Each year, KLM brings around 400,000 passengers to New York, making the city KLM’s top North-Atlantic destination. Together, KLM and Delta bring more than 2.8 million passengers from Amsterdam to North America every year.
Connecting Amsterdam to the worldAmsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, offers more than 300 flight connections to airports in almost 100 countries, and is home to more than 100 different airlines. It is one of Europe’s top four airports, transporting more than 55 million passengers every year, and is also the third-largest European airport in terms of cargo. As a result, Schiphol is also one of the key drivers of the Dutch economy, and the airport generates jobs for 65,000 people.
Schiphol recently announced plans to develop a new pier and terminal, which will help achieve the long-term growth in capacity that is required to meet future demand. The new terminal, scheduled for completion in 2023, will serve about 14 million passengers per year, and the flexible new pier is expected to be ready for use in late 2019.