Austin airport unveils new nonstop international route to Amsterdam


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport unveiled its new nonstop international air service between Austin and the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam at city hall Tuesday morning.

The new route will be flown by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines directly between the two cities. Each flight will be able to hold 292 passengers.

Photo: Tom Miller/KXAN

“Austin continues to evolve as a premiere destination for travelers around the world and in this country,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said.

In August, ABIA proposed new incentives aimed at attracting new flights and nonstop routes.

The Amsterdam flight is one Austin identified as a priority route on its incentives plan. That means KLM qualifies for incentives including waived facilities and landing fees for two years, plus $500,000 in marketing and advertising costs over two years.

“These type of things do help when they make that initial investment to come to the airport,” said ABIA Spokesperson Bryce Dubee.

In return, Austin is expected to see an estimated $75 million economic impact each year in areas like tourism dollars, cargo shipping, and job creation.

“It brings a massive amount of economic impact into the economy and provides new opportunities for us to find the best talent, find more job creators, and more capital investment,” said Walter Zaykowski, the Austin Chamber of Commerce Sr. Communications Director.

Other nonstop international flights leaving from Austin go to London, Frankfurt, Toronto, Calgary, Mexico City and Cancun.

Flights along the new route will start May 2020, and will operate Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flight between Austin and Amsterdam is approximately 11 hours long.

Photo: Tom Miller/KXAN

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