KLM, which suspended its South Africa flights for a few days last week, has now adapted its flight schedule beyond January 18. At the same time, the Dutch government introduced new regulations requiring a second negative test result (a rapid antigen test) from a sample taken within four hours of departure, for passengers departing from the UK, Ireland and South Africa, in addition to a 72-hour PCR test result.
KLM will now operate four flights a week from Johannesburg to Amsterdam departing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 17h10, arriving in Amsterdam the following day at 05h55. The flights from Amsterdam will depart at 22h35 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, arriving in Johannesburg the next day at 13h05. These flights include a technical stop in Dar-es-Salaam, where passengers remain on board.
The airline will also operate three flights a week from Cape Town to Amsterdam departing on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 16h00, arriving the following day at 05h55. Flights will depart from Amsterdam on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 22h35 arriving in Cape Town at 14h10 the next day.
The airline says flights are bookable in the GDS and instructs agents to Agent Connect for further details. “If you are re-routing passengers on these flights, please re-issue your ticket at NO ADC and insert the following in the Endorsement box: ‘Re-issue due Corona KLxxxx/date of UN status’.
The Air France schedule is unaffected and remains as it was.
According to KLM, this antigen test can be taken at Cape Town International or at OR Tambo, where facilities are being arranged by the airline. The antigen test is additional to the mandatory negative PCR test valid 72 hours prior to arrival in The Netherlands and the completed and signed Negative Test Declaration requirements.