KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Celebrates Three Decades Of Direct Flights To Cape Town


On 27 October 1992, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched its very first flight between Amsterdam and Cape Town in what has become a momentous and important route for the airline over the past 30 years.

Image supplied by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

First operated as a ‘tail end’ from the Amsterdam to Johannesburg route, incredible demand saw KLM introduce a non-stop service in 2003 which remains one of the most popular routes out of South Africa. This has made travelling between Cape Town and the Dutch capital much easier and faster without relying on a layover in Johannesburg.

KLM’s momentous first flight to Cape Town took place on a Boeing 747-400 PH-BVG nicknamed the ‘City of Guernsy’. The aircraft was baptised by occasion into ‘Kaap de Goede Hoop’ (Cape of Good Hope) marking what has become a vital connection between the two countries.

“The Amsterdam to Cape Town route has proven to be both important and valuable for KLM and the many South African, Dutch and international travellers who use our service. Although Cape Town remains an extremely popular destination for tourism, industries such as wine and fashion has seen it grow into a corporate destination as well,”

Wilson Tauro, Country Manager for Southern Africa at Air France-KLM says.

“Celebrating three decades of service is a massive accomplishment for any brand and we are thrilled that the route continues to show incredible demand.”

As KLM celebrates three decades of direct flights to Cape Town, the airline is very happy to announce that it will be increasing frequency of daily flights from Amsterdam to Cape Town, to 10 flights per week from 1 November.

The updated flight schedule from 01 November 2022 will be as below:

Day of operation

Flight number


Departure time (LT)

Arrival time (LT)



Amsterdam – Cape Town





Cape Town – Amsterdam



Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday


Amsterdam – Cape Town


06:30 (+1)

Wednesday, Friday, Sunday


Cape Town – Amsterdam



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