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Cooperation with partners allows us to strengthen and expand our extensive network and contribute to the strength of our Schiphol hub. Our partner strategy has three main building blocks. First, KLM’s participation in the Trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France, Delta Air Lines and Alitalia. Second, our joint ventures with Kenya Airways, Alitalia, Ukraine International Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and with China Eastern Airlines, and thirdly an extensive array of codeshare partnerships on all continents which enables us to expand our footprint around the globe.

Our strategic partnership with GOL in Brazil is also of great importance, in order to remain the first choice for each customer segment traveling between South America and Europe.

The partnership with China Southern Airlines and its subsidiary Xiamen Airlines is key to our China strategy. We have a joint venture on 6 routes and about 40 codeshare destinations beyond KLM’s gateways in China, supporting KLM’s operations in Greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Together with China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, Amsterdam remains the leading gateway from Europe to China and from China to Europe with eight destinations served non-stop from Amsterdam. Together with its partners, KLM offers 67 flights a week to Greater China.

In December 2015, KLM and Delta Air Lines announced an extensive code sharing agreement with India’s Jet Airways, which began when Jet Airways transferred its European hub from Brussels to Schiphol in March 2016. The partnership lead to a substantial exchange of customers between the airlines’ networks and in September 2016 the cooperation was extended to include more codeshare destinations in North America and India.


KLM destinations

Owing to the interconnection of networks served by a wide array of airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers passengers access to almost every major destination in the world.

KLM regularly introduces flights to new destinations. When extending its network, KLM keeps a close eye on business and leisure developments in specific countries and regions that offer opportunities for profitable growth. KLM currently serves 163 destinations worldwide, of which 76 are intercontinental and 87 European.


Dual-hub system

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol plays a key role in KLM’s network. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is similarly important to Air France. This so-called dual-hub system is beneficial for AIR FRANCE KLM as whole.

The networks and hubs are closely intertwined. New destinations consolidate the status of the hub and thereby increase the appeal of Schiphol for passengers and airfreight companies. In addition, the economic clout of a strong hub is beneficial to the competitive strength of the Netherlands as a whole and stimulates regional and national employment opportunities.

Publication date : 28 November 2017