Effective July 15, 2002, KLM will reduce the range of fares per destination from 25 to a maximum of 8. The conditions applying to all European leisure fares have also been simplified and now apply across the board. KLM will have a maximum of three different leisure fares per destination. The cheapest fare must be booked furthest in advance (at least 14 days before departure), the next cheapest fare must be booked at least seven days before departure, and the third fare will apply for flights booked within three days of departure. All of these leisure fares require a minimum stay of either three days or the night from Saturday to Sunday. Because various fare combinations are possible, KLM will increase the availability of existing discount fares to European destinations, offering attractive prices. A round-trip to Milan that currently costs EUR 300 will, for instance, cost only EUR 240 in the new structure, a 20 percent reduction.
Response to growing leisure market
KLM has decided to alter its fare structure in response to recent European market developments, which show a sharp increase in leisure traffic. At the same time, KLM has raised European capacity by around 13 percent compared to fiscal 2001/2002, by deploying larger aircraft and increasing flight frequency to leisure destinations such as Lisbon, Athens, Barcelona and Madrid. Earlier this year, KLM already made adjustments for the growing leisure market by replacing a number of Business Class seats with Economy Class seats aboard its Boeing 737 fleet.
Fares structurally lower from July 15, 2002
The new fares to 20 European destinations from the Netherlands will cut up to 40 percent off current prices. More than 50,000 of these attractively priced Economy Class tickets will be available every month as of July 15. The following fixed round-trip fares will apply as of the given dates:
July 15, 2002
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