KLM has announced details of its delayed flights to Austin, with a three-times-weekly service launching in late March.

The Dutch carrier had originally planned to launch the Amsterdam-Austin route in May 2020, but the onset of Covid-19 led to the service being pushed back.

The first flight will now take place on March 28, 2022, with three flights per week operating on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

KLM had previously planned to serve the route with an A330-300, but now says that it will roster its B787-9 aircraft onto the route.

Schedules will be as follows:

  • KL0667 departs Amsterdam Schiphol at 1240, arriving into Austin at 1610
  • KL0668 departs Austin at 1800, arriving into Amsterdam Schiphol at 1025 the following day

Last month Virgin Atlantic ended weeks of speculation by confirming that it will launch flights between London Heathrow and Austin in May.

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British Airways is currently the only airline operating direct, nonstop flights between Europe and the state capital of Texas, having resumed flights to the US city in October 2021 after a 17-month hiatus due to Covid-19.

Norwegian had previously operated flights between London Gatwick and Austin prior to abandoning its long-haul network as a result of the pandemic.

Austin will be KLM’s 19th North American destination – commenting on the news Jaqueline Yaft, CEO of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), said:

“After originally welcoming KLM to Austin in 2019, AUS is excited to finally launch nonstop service to Amsterdam. Offering direct service to European cities is a huge priority for AUS and this is a milestone we’ve been eager to meet since May of 2020.”