KLM to resume flights to Taiwan
By ECCT staff writers
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced that it is resuming regular passenger flights to Taiwan, starting on 1 September.
According to the airline’s official press release, with the progressive lifting of the travel restrictions and an increase in customer demand, KLM will resume 4 scheduled passenger flights on its AMS-Taipei route starting from 1 September 2020, which will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER via Bangkok (Thailand) in both directions.
KLM's passenger flights to Taipei were suspended in the middle of March due to the Covid-19 outbreak. As travel restrictions start to lift up and customer demand increases, Taipei has now become KLM’s fourth destination in the Greater China region with resumed passenger flights. KLM has been operating cargo flights to transport essential medical supplies between Amsterdam and Taipei after the outbreak of Covid-19.
Flight schedules operated by KLM Boeing 777 (in local time):
KL 873: leaves AMS at 20:50 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, arrives at Taoyuan International Airport at 18:35 the next day.
KL 874: leaves Taoyuan International Airport at 20: 10 every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, arrives in AMS at 06:35 the next day.
4 weekly flights starting from 1 September 2020.
“We are very glad and honoured to restart passenger flights on our AMS-Taipei route during these difficult times. And I’m proud of all our teams who have been working dedicatedly to make this come true. With 4 frequencies per week, we would like to offer a wider choice and a greater flexibility to our customers on the Taiwan market. KLM is ready, and is looking forward to welcoming our customers back on board, and is taking every possible measure to ensure them a safe and smooth journey.”
--Antoine Pussiau, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific of Air France KLM
Safety remains paramount
KLM has taken measures to ensure that flights are safe for both passengers and staff. For example, face masks are mandatory when boarding and during the flight, extra hygiene equipment is on board and KLM's aircraft are additionally cleaned using suitable cleaning agents. The air on board is quickly refreshed using HEPA filters.
KLM naturally complies with the strict requirements set by the local government for the resumption of international flights. This means that passengers must complete a health declaration form online and that the temperature of passengers is checked. The toilets, for example, are also inspected extra frequently during the flight. Furthermore, there are as few contact moments as possible between crew and passengers, which means there is limited catering available on these flights.