KLM dropping Southampton from Mar 19

Old Dec 11, 18, 11:24 am
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KLM dropping Southampton from Mar 19

Iíve just seen this from another source and it is mentioned in the new destinations thread, but I think it is a great shame. I live a fast 15 min drive (20 if being sensible) from SOU and leaving home an hour before departure always felt very daring. My sister used to commute from SOU and I think her record was leaving home 30/35 mins before departure and still making the flight.

KL via AMS was a great one-stop gateway to the world, with the start and end in a very small and homely airport. I remember as a child moving back to the UK in 1995 from the Middle East and flying via AMS. At that time SOU had a wooden shack style passport control area. How long have KL been flying from SOU?
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Old Dec 11, 18, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by krispy84 View Post
How long have KL been flying from SOU?
Since May 2016.

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Old Dec 11, 18, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by krispy84 View Post
I think it is a great shame. I live a fast 15 min drive (20 if being sensible) from SOU
Well, you can still take FlyBE on a flight for AMS and book to anywhere in the world from there (on a separate ticket though). But, it is perfectly doable of course
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Old Dec 13, 18, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by AlicorporateUK View Post
Since May 2016.

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My memory is clearly playing tricks on me. I thought it was earlier than that.
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Disappointing news this, the AMS-SOU route was a convenient one for me, obviously not profitable for them anymore.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 2:22 am
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KLM was code-sharing with Flybe before they put their own metal on the route. Does anyone know for sure that they are not going to go back to that?

KLM's association with SOU actually goes back a lot longer than 2016, and a lot longer even than the Flybe code shares. Air UK was operating the route for a long time, and they were part-owned by KLM and offering through connections. The route was taken over by Suckling Airways in the mid-1990s, but flights continued to have AirUK (UK) codes for a couple of years, until AirUK disappeared.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 8:22 am
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obviously not profitable for them anymore.
Or just not as profitable as the alternatives.

With the number of slots at AMS capped, KL may have come to the conclusion that they can make more money using the SOU slots for flights to other destinations.

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