KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is increasing flights to Amsterdam from Aberdeen International Airport next week.

From Monday (August 3) the airline will operate three flights a day to the Dutch capital. This will increase further to four flights a day between Monday and Saturday from August 31.

The extra frequency offers passengers an improved schedule between Aberdeen and KLM’s international hub at Schiphol Airport, where Scottish passengers will have the opportunity to connect seamlessly to the airline’s global network.

This positive news comes as the retail outlets including World Duty Free reopen at the terminal and will be a boost for tourism and business in the north-east.

Roger Hunt, interim managing director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “It is another positive step for us as we warmly welcome KLM’s decision to further increase flights at Aberdeen International Airport.

"After a number of really challenging months and with lockdown beginning to show signs of easing, it is reassuring to see a number of routes restarting and frequencies increasing from Aberdeen.

“As the traffic slowly builds we have also increased our focus on maintaining public safety and that of our staff through the introduction of a series of enhanced safety measures. Bringing back business safely remains a key priority.

“It is therefore great to see KLM adding additional services to Aberdeen International Airport allowing our passengers access to a key hub and the connectivity that this brings for the North East of Scotland.

“This further complements the other services that are available from all of our airline partners.”

Benedicte Duval, general manager for Air France KLM in the UK and Ireland said: “Our decision to increase the frequency on our Aberdeen to Amsterdam service to four flights per day by the end of August is a positive sign of recovery, after what has been and still is a challenging time for our industry. KLM continued to operate a skeleton service to and from Aberdeen throughout the corona crisis, assisting the local community with essential travel and repatriation. As travel restrictions in Scotland begin to ease, we are increasing capacity in line with consumer demand.

Naturally, safety is our number one priority as travel gradually resumes and we have introduced a range of measures to ensure passengers can travel with confidence. As we all adapt to this new environment, I can assure you that our staff are fully committed to guaranteeing our passengers the highest levels of health & safety."

KLM has introduced a range of measures to ensure that flights are safe for both passengers and staff. Face masks are mandatory for both passengers and crew when boarding and during the flight and new aircraft cleaning procedures have been introduced including the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens. For a full overview of KLM’s safety measures, please view video here.

In addition, the air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes. The air recycling system on board KLM aircraft is equipped with "High Efficiency Particulate Air" or HEPA filters, identical to those used in hospital operating theatres. These filters extract more than 99.99% of the smallest viruses, including those no larger than 0.01 micrometres, thus ensuring that cabin air complies with quality standards. Coronavirus type viruses, ranging in size from 0.08 to 0.16 micrometres, are filtered through the HEPA filters. For more information, please view video here.

Aberdeen International Airport has introduced a series of health measures in the terminal to provide a safe environment for staff and passengers as further services resume.

Passengers travelling through the airport must come prepared with their own facial coverings whilst all staff will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks. Protective screens have been installed in key areas, including the check-in and security halls, and passengers will be asked to observe safe, physical distancing wherever possible.

The airport has also enhanced its already thorough cleaning regimes with a specific focus on the regular disinfecting of all hard surfaces.

To find out more about the enhanced measures in place at Aberdeen International Airport visit: https://www.aberdeenairport.com/coronavirus/.