KLM will resume non-stop service between YEG and AMS on 29OCT, after a five-month pause due to the coronavirus. The twice weekly service will operate Thursdays and Saturdays on a 787-9 Dreamliner.
Due to federal restrictions, international flights are still not allowed to land at YEG, but this restriction applies only to flights arriving at the airport, not departing. KLM says it will implement a circle route that will see it arrive and pick up passengers at YYC, fly to YEG to pick up Edmonton travellers and then continue non-stop to Amsterdam.
All returning passengers will arrive in Calgary to clear Canadian Customs and health screening before continuing back to Edmonton. KLM will not operate or sell solely the domestic YYC-YEG route.
“Resuming international service is a major priority for us. Service to Amsterdam will help open the world back up for our passengers as well as provide an important cargo route. KLM has been a tremendous partner for Edmonton International Airport and the Edmonton Metro Region and we’re glad to have one of the world’s oldest and top airlines returning to our runways,” said Tom Ruth, CEO and President Edmonton International Airport.
The Netherlands currently has no travel restrictions for Canadians, but non-essential travel outside of Canada is still not recommended by the Government of Canada. Upon returning to Edmonton, travellers must undergo a 14-day quarantine.
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