KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Olympic Air announced today that they have signed a code share agreement effective September 1st, 2011. This agreement entitles the airlines to market flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos for connecting traffic under each others flight numbers.
Both airlines already operate flights on this route. The new code share agreement enables Olympic Air to increase the number of daily flight offerings to its customers from nine to sixteen per week and KLM will also raise the offering to its customers from two to three daily flights.
On September 12th, this code share agreement has been further enhanced, offering 8 destinations to KLM passengers in the Greek domestic market & 8 European destinations to Olympic Air passengers. KLM passengers will be able book a KLM flight between Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and Alexandroupoli, Santorini, Chania, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kos, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, for connecting services operated by Olympic Air. Olympic Air passengers will be able to connect at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for flights to Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Goteborg, Hamburg, Manchester, Oslo & Stockholm under an Olympic Air flight number.
Mr. John Karakadas, Olympic Air’s Executive Chairman and Mr. Pieter Elbers, Chief Operating Officer for KLM, have announced this agreement for these code share flights between the two Airlines at a press conference, held in Athens on September 16th.
Mr. Karakadas commented: "We are pleased to proceed with this important agreement which brings harmonious cooperation between the networks of our two companies. With this agreement, Olympic Air offers Greek passengers the opportunity to travel to the 131 destinations that KLM offers through Amsterdam. The corner stone of this cooperation is the 8 code share destinations each company offers". Mr Pieter Elbers commented: "We are pleased to sign a code share agreement with Olympic Air. This agreement will extend the benefits available to our customers and strengthens our presence in Greece as well as brings more Northern European traffic to Greece".
Further details about the code share flights*
Olympic Air offers daily (as of September 1st)
OA8575 Amsterdam – Athens 11:55 – 16:10
OA8576 Athens – Amsterdam 17:10 – 19:40
KLM offers daily except Thursday (as of September 1st)
KL2840 Athens – Amsterdam 10:15 – 12:55
KL2841 Amsterdam – Athens 13:45 – 18:05
* only valid for connecting traffic
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world's oldest airline operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands names and hubs — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities while maintaining their own identities — passenger transport, cargo, transport, and aircraft maintenance.
In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group which further includes KLM cityhopper and transavia.com. KLM serves 131 destinations using a modern fleet of 163 aircraft and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, which offers reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.
KLM is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance offering a network of 921 destinations in more than 168 countries on six continents. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region around the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the Dutch economy.
On October 1st 2009, the new Olympic renamed Olympic Air, opened its wings in order to become once again the leading Greek airline, in the hands of Marfin Investment Group (MIG), the largest business group in Southeastern Europe, active in the fields of transport, tourism, food, healthcare and IT, with more than 56,000 employees.