KLM celebrated with its customers on Wednesday 16th May 2018 to mark 30 years of flights between Bristol Airport and Amsterdam Airport, connecting the South West to Amsterdam and onwards to various destinations around the world.
Customers departing Bristol Airport with KLM to Amsterdam joined in the celebrations at the departure gate with cupcakes and photos with the KLM crew.
The Bristol to Amsterdam route was first launched in 1988, initially operating under the Netherlines name between 1998-1991, with Saab 340 aircraft which had the capacity to carry up to 34 passengers. With increased demand on the route the introduction of the Fokker 70 was introduced, with Bristol seeing their final Fokker operated flight in March 2014.
The route is now operated by new and more fuel efficient Embraer 175 and 190 aircraft, carrying up to 88 and 100 passengers respectively, while using 22% less fuel in comparison to its predecessor.
There are currently 26 departures a week from Bristol Airport to Amsterdam, with our passengers top long haul connections being Beijing, Hong Kong and Johannesburg. The top European destinations are Budapest, Bremen and Copenhagen.