- Inauguration of the Amsterdam-Schiphol – Fortaleza route by KLM and the Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Fortaleza route by Joon on 3 May 2018;
- Fortaleza, the Group’s new Brazilian strategic hub in partnership with GOL Linhas Aéreas;
- Air France-KLM: 231 weekly flights to 26 destinations in South and Central America and the Caribbean during the 2018 summer season.
In 2018, Air France-KLM is pursuing its development strategy in Brazil by simultaneously inaugurating and for the first time two new routes between Fortaleza and the European hubs at Amsterdam-Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
Since 3 May 2018, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has been connecting Amsterdam-Schiphol and Fortaleza with 3 weekly* flights by Airbus A330 with a capacity of 268 seats including 18 seats in World Business Class, 35 seats in Economy Comfort and 215 seats in Economy Class.
Since 3 May 2018, Joon, the new-generation travel experience by Air France, has been offering its customers 2 weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Fortaleza and 3 weekly flights as from the 2018/19 winter season. These flights are operated by Airbus A340 with a capacity of 278 seats including 30 in Business class, 21 in Premium Economy and 227 in Economy.
In total, during the 2018 summer season, Air France-KLM is offering 5 weekly flights between Europe and Fortaleza.
Flight times operated (in local time) by KLM:
KL0707: leaves Amsterdam-Schiphol at 12:50, arrives in Fortaleza at 17:20;
KL0708: leaves Fortaleza at 19:50, arrives at Amsterdam-Schiphol at 10:00 the following day.
Flights operated on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Flight times operated (in local time) by Joon:
AF416: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:10, arrives in Fortaleza at 17:35;
AF415: leaves Fortaleza at 19:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 9:30 the following day.
Flights operated on Fridays and Sundays from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
Fortaleza, a new hub for Air France-KLM and GOL
In addition to inaugurating two new transatlantic routes, Air France-KLM and its Brazilian partner GOL are launching a new strategic hub in Fortaleza.
This new hub offers Air France, KLM, Joon and GOL customers simplified connections, a single check-in and a shorter travelling time from Europe to 6 destinations in North-East Brazil such as Belém, Brasilia, Manaus, Natal, Recife and Salvador.
In total, Air France-KLM and GOL customers benefit from an optimized network with 104 European destinations and 50 destinations in Brazil.
“Today, Air France-KLM is confirming its development strategy in Brazil. For the first time we are simultaneously inaugurating two new routes between Europe and Fortaleza along with a new strategic hub with our partner GOL. With this new hub, we can offer our customers a wider choice of connections to North-East Brazil, making our customers’ trips faster and easier”, said Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.
Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM, added: “Fortaleza is the third destination in Brazil to which KLM operates a direct service. This strengthens KLM’s position as the most important European carrier operating in the Brazilian market, for both business travel and leisure. In addition to daily services to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, this thrice weekly service to Fortaleza brings to 17 KLM’s total weekly frequency to Brazil. Fortaleza is strategically placed as an entry point to Europe and important regions in Brazil. The partnership with GOL opens up a new strategic hub, which cements the connection between Amsterdam and Brazil. KLM already served 24 destinations in Brazil in a codeshare with GOL on flights departing from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With all the other expansions in South America over the last few years, this marks an important step in KLM and AFKL’s strategy in South America.”
"We are going to improve our network in Fortaleza to provide fast and efficient connections with Air France and KLM flights. We will adjust the schedules and increase the offer to Recife, Salvador, Belém and Manaus, as well as a new route to Natal and we will offer clients traveling from the north and northeast to Europe, or for those who come to visit Brazil, an experience with several benefits at every stage of the trip", explained Paulo Kakinoff, President of GOL. “This is another important step we take in our strategic partnership, which has been in place for three years", he added.
231 weekly flights to South and Central America and the Caribbean
For the 2018 summer season, Air France-KLM offers 231 weekly flights to 26 destinations in South and Central America and the Caribbean from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam-Schiphol and Paris-Orly-
Aruba (Netherlands), Bogota (Colombia), Bonaire (Netherlands), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Caracas (Venezuela), Cartagena (Colombia), Cancun (Mexico), Cayenne (France), Curaçao (Netherlands), Fort-de-France (France), Fortaleza (Brazil), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Havana (Cuba), Lima (Peru), Mexico City (Mexico), Panama City (Panama), Paramaribo (Suriname), Pointe-à-Pitre (France), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Quito (Ecuador), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), San Domingo (Dominican Republic), Saint Martin (Netherlands), San José (Costa Rica), Santiago (Chile) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
*2 weekly flights from 3 May to 1st July and 3 weekly flights from 2 July 2018.