After the demise of Jet Airways and the devastating terror attacks in Sri Lanka, the Dutch carrier has had a rethink.
KLM will expand its network in India from the end of October with the opening of Bangalore, the travel news company Reismedia reports.
The metropolis in southern India, the country’s third-biggest city, will be accessible three times a week with a direct KLM flight from Amsterdam Schiphol, on a 294-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The new route builds on KLM’s existing India flights to both Delhi and Mumbai, designed in part to provide more connections between the United States and India via Amsterdam.
Until recently, KLM worked closely with its partner Jet Airways on routes to and from India, but in April the Indian carrier had to suspend all flights for an indefinite period.
As a result, the Dutch airline decided to up its capacity to India to be able to offer alternatives to its customers and continue to meet market demand.
However, to be able to open Bangalore as a new destination, other changes have to be made to the KLM network. Its direct route to Colombo in Sri Lanka will be “temporarily suspended” at the end of October.
The airline says that “recent developments and economic prospects in Sri Lanka have led to commercial pressure on flights to Colombo”, without naming the recent terror attacks in the country that have caused a tidal wave of travel cancellations to the impoverished country.
Since October 2016, KLM has flown to Colombo two to three times a week during the winter season.
Now, though, the airline says that passengers with a ticket to fly between Amsterdam and Colombo on or after October 28 will be rebooked or financially compensated.