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DFW International Airport To Get The Royal Dutch Treatment with New KLM Service to Amsterdam

New international airline and new international destination to bring $125-million in annual economic impact beginning in March

(DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Sept. 27, 2007) – DFW International Airport today announced that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, in cooperation with its joint venture partner Northwest Airlines, will begin daily wide-body service from Dallas-Fort Worth to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of the world’s top international connecting hubs. KLM will operate the route beginning March 30, 2008 with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. 

Amsterdam will represent the 38th international destination for DFW, the highest number in the Airport’s history. KLM offers connections from its hub at Schiphol Airport to 75 worldwide destinations. 

“This is what our International Terminal D is all about – bringing new international service and choices to our 60 million passengers. That is why we built this building -- to be a magnet for new international business and tourism opportunities for North Texas," said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW International Airport. "Our international service continues to expand, and now with a record number of international destinations for our passengers, we're poised to add even more new service in the future." 

The KLM daily flight to Amsterdam will contribute an estimated $125-million in economic activity to the Dallas-Fort Worth region every year.  

“The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is an important part of the growing global economy,” said Peter Hartman, president and CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. “We believe that our comfortable service and convenient connections will allow area business and leisure travelers to easily connect to cities throughout Europe and the world. We also look forward to providing travelers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India with comfortable and convenient service to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.” 

KLM flight 670 (NWA flight 8670) will depart DFW in the late afternoon and arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol early the following morning. The return, KLM flight 669 (NWA flight 8669) will depart from Schiphol Airport in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon at DFW. 

"In the global marketplace, North Texas is now one of the most important business and tourism centers on earth and DFW is the hub that empowers international passenger growth, international cargo growth and international tourism," said Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. "Adding $125-million to our economy every year through this one flight also demonstrates the incredible value that DFW brings to our communities every day.” 

“This new KLM flight gives North Texas even more vital global connections in business and trade, thanks to the huge network of connections available in Amsterdam,” said Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief. “With all of these new connections available to us, we look forward to building new business partnerships around the world.” 

The new KLM service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Amsterdam will be available for sale beginning Friday, September 28, 2007. 

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