The Dutch giant has added its code to Atlantic Airways flights to Vágar via four different routes.
Scandinavia is “an important market” for KLM, and it has now signed a codeshare agreement with the flag carrier of the Faroe Islands, Atlantic Airways, expanding the global routes for both companies’ passengers.
The two airlines will now offer jointly operated flights to the Faroes, with access to more destinations starting on January 24.
KLM will add a KL code to Atlantic Airways’ flights allowing passengers from around the world to transfer flights in Copenhagen, Billund, Bergen or Edinburgh and continue their journey on the same ticket and with a one-stop check-in to and from Vágar in the Faroes.
Jan Vreeburg, director for alliances at KLM, says he is delighted with the move “as it will strengthen our network in Scandinavia. Atlantic Airways is a reliable partner with whom we can offer passengers more transfer options and one more destination in Scandinavia.”
However, Atlantic Airways’ new route from the Faroe Islands to Paris is not yet covered by the cooperation.
Believing it must open up alternative routes for non-Scandinavian travellers to reach the islands other than with SAS between Copenhagen and Vágar, Atlantic initiated a collaboration with KLM in the hope of eventually opening up an alternative hub.
This is being extended to the above routes, from which flights can be continued with KLM to the large hub at Amsterdam-Schiphol.
It previously planned that it would in summer 2019 open a route between Vágar and Amsterdam. It applied for landing permits at Schiphol three times a week from the beginning of June but it has not yet succeeded in getting approval at the tightly slot-restrictive Dutch hub.
Instead, Atlantic has opted for three weekly departures between Vágar and Paris-CDG from July 1, to reduce to two from October 1. So far no codeshare has been arranged on this route.