Poland’s trade fair city of Poznan will be added to KLM’s network this autumn.

The Netherlands’ national airline will have a daily flight effective October 25.

This Amsterdam-Poznan-Amsterdam service will be operated by Embraer 175 aircraft with 20 seats in business and 68 in economy.

Schedules are:

  • KL1273 departing Amsterdam at 1440, arriving into Poznan at 1620
  • KL1274 departing Poznan at 1650, arriving into Amsterdam at 1835

Some readers will not consider these timings convenient for connections (at least in one direction).

But one must recognise KLM is rebuilding its network and it will take some time before operations are fully restored.

Poznan is located on the main rail line linking Warsaw with Berlin.

Besides being famous for trade fairs Poznan is also an important commercial and industrial city.

KLM majors on transfer traffic and this link will enable global travellers (depending of course on any applicable quarantine restrictions) to access Poznan directly via Amsterdam.

I say “directly” because this week Dubai-based Emirates announced it will return to Warsaw on September 4.

But anyone taking Emirates to Warsaw and needing to reach Poznan must complete the remainder of his or her journey overland.

Transfer or sixth-freedom carriers like Emirates or KLM must constantly seek new opportunities.

They need feed traffic to fuel their networks. They know many national airlines neglect secondary cities – just check and see how many international flights Polish airline LOT operates at Poznan.

Therefore it comes as no surprise to learn that KLM also serves Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk and Wroclaw.

Since the early 1990s Polish nationals have been spreading their wings around the world.

These two developments recognise that fact and hence we saw LOT deciding to expand long-haul (pre-Covid).