KLM, Ukraine International strengthen ties

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines are enhancing their working relationship with both airlines increasing capacity between Amsterdam and Kiev and expanding their codeshare agreement considerably. With the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship on the horizon, the two carriers are offering passengers a greater choice of flights to the Ukraine. “This serves to strengthen Schiphol’s position as a mainport, optimizing connections with the Eastern Europe growth market,”says KLM COO Pieter Elbers. “What is more, KLM and Ukraine International Airlines’ destinations connect very well.”Together, the airlines fly 28 times a week between Amsterdam and Kiev. In June, a fourth daily frequency will be added. In addition, KLM and Ukraine International will expand their codeshare agreement on Ukrainian domestic flights originating in Kiev, operated by Ukraine International Airlines, to five destinations in Ukraine — Donetsk (DOK), Dnepropetrovsk (DNK), Lvov (LWO), Odessa (ODS) and Simferopol (SIP). The same will be the case on flights originating in Amsterdam, operated by KLM, to Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), Manchester (MAN) and London Heathrow (LHR). Passengers can book their flight directly through KLM’s and UIA’s reservation systems or via and/or