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DFW Announces KLM Non-Stop Flight to Amsterdam

By Shelley Kofler

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Dallas, TX –
On Thursday, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport officials announced a new, airline will soon be flying into the airport. It will provide the region's first direct connection to Amsterdam. KERA's Shelley Kofler has details.
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Beginning in March, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will make DFW its 12th destination in North America. KLM will offer North Texans a daily direct flight into Amsterdam's Schiphol airport onboard an Airbus A-330 which carries 251 passengers.

DFW CEO Jeff Fegan says the non-stop connection will make it easier for North Texans to reach distant parts of the globe especially in Africa and the Middle East.

(Fegan says DFW currently does not have a lot of flights into Europe and the KLM flight will provide needed access. In addition to good air connections to cities now difficult to reach, Fegan said rail service from Amsterdam[s airport is excellent.)

Fegan estimates the addition of KLM and its wide-bodied fleet will annually add $125-million of new economic activity to the region.

Shelley Kofler, KERA News