The destinations network saw further improvements in 2013, both for passengers and for cargo. The number of direct destinations increased by six in 2013, to a total of 323. Passengers had a choice of 297 scheduled destinations, four more than last year. The remaining 26 scheduled destinations consisted of unique cargo destinations exclusively serviced by full freighters.
The number of intercontinental destinations remained stable in comparison with 2012, at a total of 139. KLM terminated flights to destinations including Kano and Abuja (Nigeria), while ArkeFly ceased services to Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) and Goa (India). New intercontinental destinations included Fukuoka in Japan and the Moroccan city of Fez.
On balance, the number of European scheduled flight destinations increased by six, reaching a total of 184. Jersey returned to the Schiphol network following the arrival of Blue Islands; KLM added Aalesund (Norway) and Manston (Great Britain) to its network of destinations. Terminated destinations included Rimini in Italy and Pau in France.
The number of carriers operating scheduled flights to Schiphol dropped by 2 to a total of 99, of which 19 are exclusively operated by full freighters. This is partly attributable to the termination of services by Iberia, BMI baby and Rossiya. Newcomers for 2013 include Blue Islands Airline, Darwin Airline, HOP! and full freighter Yangtze River Express.
Airline Etihad already frequented Schiphol with full freighters, and commenced scheduled passenger flights in close cooperation with KLM in May 2013. Such alliances help to strengthen and further integrate our global network, while creating new growth potential. Etihad was not the only airline to intensify cooperation at Schiphol in 2013; KLM entered into an alliance with Pegasus in June 2013.