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With a small homebase from which to work, KLM has maintained an international orientation from the beginning. KLM's strength lies in the tightly-knit, worldwide network it has built up with its partners. This network links just about every important economic region in the world with the Netherlands and with each other. Passengers are able to transfer quickly and easily at Schiphol, KLM's homebase, and practically every destination in the world can be easily accessed for cargo.

The added value of alliances

The future of aviation is unthinkable without close cooperation between airlines. Long-standing operational cooperation between KLM and Northwest Airlines (now integrated into Delta Air Lines) has shown that such an alliance can deliver substantial benefits, in spite of stiff competition and a flagging economy.

Throughout the years, KLM has put together cooperative efforts with a variety of airlines. Merger partner Air France is an important player in the AIR FRANCE KLM Group. On the North Atlantic route AIR FRANCE KLM Group has entered into a joint venture with Delta Air Lines, which Alitalia also joined in July 2010. Alongside Air France and KLM eleven other airlines are united in the SkyTeam alliance.

 

KLM destinations

By connecting the networks of many different airlines throughout the world, we can take you from Schiphol to almost any spot on the globe. KLM regularly offers new destinations. When expanding its network, KLM pays keen attention to developments in a region or country's economic situation and tourist industry, which offer opportunities for profitable growth.

 

Two connected hubs

Mainport Schiphol is the linchpin in the KLM network. For Air France this is the Paris airport Charles de Gaulle. Through their joint venture, KLM and Air France are able to enjoy the benefits of two hubs.

Network and hub are tightly interwoven. New destinations enhance the hub’s position and increase the appeal of Schiphol for both passengers and freight companies. They also improve the Netherlands' competitive strength and benefit regional and national employment.

 
Publication date : 13 June 2013