Dutch airline KLM will NOT be offering cheap flights anymore, CEO warns

Despite making over €700 million in profit last year, KLM CEO Marjan Rintel has announced that the times of cheap flights with the Dutch airline are over.

The decision is due to the financial insecurity caused by the war in Ukraine, high inflation, a possible recession, and rising fuel prices, reports RTL Nieuws.

“We will have to pay the price together,” says Marjan Rintel to RTL. And together we shall be — as we all pay a higher price for our airline tickets.

High prices and low scores

This news comes as a crash landing to KLM customers considering all the chaos that ensued at Schipol last year when passenger numbers doubled.

After enduring a series of flight cancellations, baggage mishandling, and long queues, it’s no wonder KLM customers gave the airline a low score of 37 out of 100 points. 

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That’s not all they did, though. Many of KLMs customers requested compensation for cancelled flights and damaged baggage, which cost KLM a casual €70 million.

Wat jammer! At least they still have hundreds of millions in profits to their name. 😉

Higher prices mean better service, right??

All we can do is hope. Many of the problems that arose last year were due to staff shortages at Schipol.

To avoid following last year’s flight trajectory, KLM has already hired over 500 personnel for the summer. 

READ MORE | Schiphol may put cap on number of daily travellers (AGAIN) due to staff shortage

Even so, it looks like we’ll have to catch feelings, not flights, since the era of affordable flights has ended. 😓

What do you think about KLM scrapping cheap flights? Tell us in the comments below!

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Eva Gabriella
Eva Gabriella
After calling Malaysia her home for 19 years, Eva moved to Amsterdam to study literary and cultural analysis. Well, that was the academic theory — in reality it was more like “cultural shock.” Eva’s mastery of life in the Netherlands involved initiation into the richness of nocturnal hangouts, canals, cuisine, and upright and forthright cyclists (who she now rings her bell back at.) When she is not speeding her way through books, she is winding and weaving down endless straatjes, often finding herself, not so quite by chance, in a gezellig music bar!
  1. So basically we have higher prices on everything including flight tickets because of russia. Thank you guys people of this distant cold troubles country, great job.


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