KLM to formally launch rail-air service between Brussels and Amsterdam – Enterprise Traveller

Final 12 months Netherlands’ dwelling airline KLM trialled a rail-air service between Brussels and Amsterdam.

We reported on this improvement – a very long time within the making – final July.

The information as we speak is that KLM and practice operator Thalys will formally launch the brand new service on March 26.

KLM will block capability for its passengers on 4 day by day Thalys trains between Amsterdam, Brussels and return (all Thalys trains cease at Schiphol).

Further assist can be offered for rail-air passengers on the airport by way of baggage dealing with and improved communication.

The latter is a necessity contemplating lots of KLM’s prospects are non-European.

Says Boet Kreiken KLM’s govt VP buyer expertise:

“We’re proud to be increasing this air / rail undertaking. We stay absolutely dedicated to making sure a easy buyer journey, making the practice an ever-better various to air on short-haul routes in Europe.”

That is one thing on which Enterprise Traveller has reported many instances.

KLM’s base at Schiphol is slot-constrained and is predicted to remain like that all through the summer time.

Amsterdam Schiphol’s passenger cap might proceed for months

Clearly if extra prospects arrive by floor quite than taking quick flights this may ease the scenario at Schiphol.

Nevertheless KLM is likely one of the canniest airways in Europe. Regardless of rail-air KLM will proceed to function a number of flights day by day on the above route (which is simply over 100 air miles) for the foreseeable future.

Why? As a result of KLM operates these flights as feeders to its Schiphol hub and it doesn’t need to alienate its company prospects (lots of whom are situated near Brussels airport).