January 16, 2021

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KLM uses the train as an alternative to short flights

KLM uses the train as an alternative to short flights


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KLM is working on making trains more attractive as an alternative to short flights. The airline is looking for six destinations with distances of up to 700 kilometers that can also be reached by train. These are Brussels, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Berlin.

KLM has drawn up an action plan for this together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Schiphol, ProRail and the Dutch railways. That was sent to the House of Commons on Friday. With the plan, the parties hope that travelers will take both the train and the plane or that they will combine train and air travel when changing planes.

The six destinations examined are easy to reach by train. Before the corona pandemic, twelve trains ran daily between Amsterdam and Paris. There has been a direct train connection to London for some time. This makes the train an “attractive alternative to the plane”, writes KLM. The parties are also examining possibilities for additional stops in Schiphol for trains to and from London and Germany and how luggage can best be transported from the plane to the train.

At the beginning of this year, KLM introduced the so-called AirRail tickets, so that, for example, a traveler who wants to travel from Brussels to Hong Kong takes the train between Brussels and Schiphol and only then catches the plane. The parties want to improve this type of combination travel by reducing travel time, increasing the number of trains and finding solutions for luggage. To this end, further steps are taken in the action plan.

With the action plan, KLM could lay down terms for the government’s billion dollar support package. These conditions include reducing CO2 emissions and the number of night flights.