EUROPE & CIS: Four new routes for AF-KLM Cargo

Air France-KLM Cargo has announced it has begun scheduled services between Amsterdam Schiphol and Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport in China from 8 May saying it is the first to offer direct service between Hangzhou and Europe. Flights are being operated with a Boeing 777-200ER, three times a week. Hangzhou, with close to seven million inhabitants, has […]


Air France-KLM Cargo has announced it has begun scheduled services between Amsterdam Schiphol and Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport in China from 8 May saying it is the first to offer direct service between Hangzhou and Europe. Flights are being operated with a Boeing 777-200ER, three times a week.

Hangzhou, with close to seven million inhabitants, has developed into a major commercial and tourist centre in China, according to AF-KLM. “This fast-growing market offers interesting cargo opportunities,” the carrier said adding that Hangzhou’s economic activities focus on information technology and electronics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, machinery, textiles and garments.

From 7 May AF-KLM Cargo also began scheduled services between Amsterdam and San Jose in Costa Rica with the weekly flights utilising an MD-11 Freighter operated by Martinair. San Jose is an important commercial area, as well as an interesting connection point to other destinations in Central America.

In the Middle East AF-KLM Cargo began services to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia from Amsterdam twice a week utilising a Boeing 747-400 Freighter also operated by Martinair. In addition to being the largest exporter of petroleum in the world, the Saudi economy is also leveraging new opportunities in power generation, telecommunications, natural gas exploration and petrochemical sectors.