Ready to take off: European flights resuming at Edmonton airport in October

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Edmonton passengers will once again be able to take a non-stop flight to Europe starting next month.

The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) said in a Tuesday news release Netherlands-based KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be offering twice-weekly service to Amsterdam starting on Oct. 29. The service had been put on hold for five months following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

The flight will run Thursdays and Saturdays with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Currently, international flights are not allowed to land at Edmonton’s airport because of federal restrictions, however, EIA said KLM has developed a plan around this.

EIA said planes will arrive in Calgary first before coming to Edmonton to pick up passengers going overseas. EIA said KLM is not operating or selling just the Calgary-Edmonton route.

“Resuming international service is a major priority for us. Service to Amsterdam will help open the world back up for our passengers as well as provide an important cargo route,” EIA CEO and president Tom Ruth said in the release. “KLM has been a tremendous partner for EIA and the Edmonton Metro Region and we’re glad to have one of the world’s oldest and top airlines returning to our runways.”

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