Next year, Austinites will be saying, "Hallo, vrienden!" thanks to a new nonstop from KLM Dutch Royal Airlines. On September 23, the Netherlands-based carrier announced it's flying into the Austin market with the city's first nonstop to Amsterdam.
Beginning May 4, 2020, KLM will offer thrice weekly flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The new nonstop — the city's only one to Amsterdam — departs on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The flight will take off from Schiphol at 12:40 pm local time, landing in Austin at 4:10 pm. Return flights will depart Austin-Bergstrom at 6 pm local time on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, landing at Schiphol the following day at 10:25 am.
The flight's Airbus A330-300 will offer 30 business class seats, 40 economy comfort seats, and 222 economy class seats, and will operate in conjunction with Delta Airlines and Air France.
"We have built up a robust transatlantic network, thanks to our joint ventures with Air France and Delta Air Lines, [and] we will continue to optimize this network," says KLM CEO and president Pieter Elbers in a release. "As part of this, we launched services to Boston and Las Vegas in the summer and are now adding Austin to our North American destinations."
Indeed, Austin becomes KLM's 19th North American market as part of the airline's expansion.
Austin-Bergstrom (that's what we're supposed to call it now, btw), is making a push of its own, expanding its international nonstop service options as well as making upgrades to the current facilities.