Published On: Tue, Oct 14th, 2014

KLM wants to open northern Europe to Colombia

KLM (1)AMSTERDAM, BOGOTA – The Dutch airline is seriously engaged in developing trade relations with Colombia.

Colombia is a very interesting for both business travelers and leisure travelers, said CEO and head of KLM, Pieter Elbers. Therefore, almost two years later, the airline has resumed its routes to the country.

The executive said the airline is not offering a direct flight from Bogota-Amsterdam-Bogota, but Amsterdam-Bogota-Cali, since the demand for air travel is not only growing to and from Bogotá, but also other intermediate cities.

Also, Pieter Elbers said that Colombia is one of the fastest growing economies in South America and its business relationship with Northern Europe is 'crescendo'.

“The country is committed to develop its business in Europe.”

“While historically the commercial relationship between Colombia and Europe has focused on Southern Europe, we see that the relationship with Northern Europe has been growing and is becoming increasingly important,” Elbers said.

According to recent reports, the El Dorado airport in Bogota is considered one of the most expensive in the region. According to the CEO of KLM, “operating costs related to the El Dorado airport in Bogota are only part of the total investment cost for KLM to open this new route. We compare the cost of this airport to other major airports in Latin America and concluded that El Dorado is quite expensive, but it is not the most expensive on the continent.”

Furthermore, Pieters Elbers, said they are renovating their fleet and will soon have new aircrafts.

"We are waiting for 15 Boeing 787-9 that we plan to begin receiving starting October 2015. We will probably have to wait until 2019 to start getting the A350 that Air France will begin operating in 2017.

Meanwhile, KLM is the first airline of the group to operate the B787 and A350 aircraft. When all the A330 have been replaced by A350 and B787-9 in eight or ten years, the KLM fleet will have the 777, the 787 and the A350,” he concluded.

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