KLM Royal Dutch Airlines may launch a direct flight between Amsterdam and Yangon, early next year, based on an anticipated increase in tourists from the Netherlands.
Myanmar Business Today quoted an official at the Department of Civil Aviation that claimed KLM, which is owned by the Air France group, would introduce a three weekly service from Amsterdam to Yangon. It would have to start flights in the winter timetable November 2015 to March 2016 to catch the tourism peak season.
However, the media report suggested the airline was looking at early 2016, which would give the airline no more than three months before the low-season set in with a dramatic decline in travel from Europe.
Officials talked optimistically that the airline might also fly to Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, the capital, on top of the flights to Yangon.
Based on KLM’s track record flying to Bangkok extending its network to a secondary city sounds whimsical. KLM was the first commercial airline to fly from Europe to Thailand, but showed no interest in flying beyond the Thai capital to Chiang Mai, which was always a popular destination for travellers from the Benelux countries and Netherlands.
Myanmar does receive considerable monetary assistance from the Netherlands for tourism development and there is a steady flow of experts from a wide range of industries such as oil and gas, banking, tourism planning and water management.
The merger of KLM with Air France in May 2004 formed the Air France-KLM Group, which is incorporated under French law with headquarters at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
Both Air France and KLM continue to fly under their own brand names as subsidiaries of the group, but management control comes under Air France executives.
Air France and KLM are part of the SkyTeam alliance, the third largest in the world after Star Alliance and Oneworld.
Source: TTR Weekly