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24th March 2020

KLM cuts Cardiff Airport flights

BY: Nathan Spackman

KLM, one of Cardiff Airport's longest-serving airlines is to significantly reduce its flights as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The company today announced that from 29th March until 3rd May, KLM will carry out around 10% of the normal number of flights.

The blow comes shortly after the collapse of Flybe and Thomas cook, with the airline running a daily service between Cardiff and Amsterdam.

But Cardiff Airport said the industry faced unprecedented challenges, but was "in a strong position to bounce back when the recovery comes."

In a statement, the airline said: "Due to the corona crisis, KLM will start the summer schedule with a significantly reduced network.

"From 29 March until and including 3 May, KLM plans to fly to 25 intercontinental and 32 European destinations.

"During this period, KLM will fly according to an adjusted schedule, which amounts to about 10% of the normal number of flights."

Cardiff Airport chief executive Deb Bowen Rees said the current global situation was unprecedented, with airports and airlines across the world feeling the impact of a number of issues.

"While we're feeling the impact at Cardiff Airport we are in a stronger position because of our business growth and diversification over the past few years," she said.

"We are confident that, although in the short term, flights and passenger numbers will be affected, we are in a strong position to bounce back when the recovery comes."

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