KLM axes Brussels flight, promotes the Thalys

Dutch airline KLM is axing one of its five daily flights between Amsterdam and Brussels.  The airline intends to book seats for passengers on the Thalys high speed train service between the two cities.

Short haul-flights for which a good rail alternative exists are contested.  KLM says it’s been working with Thalys and Dutch Rail (NS) for months now to develop a plan to cut the number of flights between Brussels and Amsterdam (Schiphol).  The flights are especially popular among passengers connecting to intercontinental flights.

Other routes too could soon be affected.  KLM says it supports the idea of replacing short haul by rail travel.  KLM’s move towards more sustainable travel is also motivated by the shortage of slots (departure and landing opportunities) at Schiphol. The airline hopes to use the slots that now become available for long-haul flights.