Commercial flights resume at Cagliari

KLM operated the Cagliari Airport's first international post-COVID-19 lockdown flight on June 25. (CAG)

KLM had the honour of reintroducing international connections to and from Cagliari Airport (IATA: CAG), Sardinia, on June 26, following the enforced COVID-19 shutdown.

Air France will be the next airline to resume international services when it begins Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) flights on July 4.

Both airlines say they will gradually increase their respective frequencies. Air France intends to make its CDG service a daily flight by August by which time KLM plans to operate nine weekly frequencies to Amsterdam, one from Mondays to Fridays and two on Saturdays and Sundays.

The European network is designed in such a way that as many flights as possible connect to the Air France-KLM Group’s intercontinental network.

Stefan Vanovermeir, general manager of Air France-KLM East Mediterranean, said: “Returning to fly to Cagliari is a source of great pride for us and confirms the importance of Sardinia and the Italian market for the Air France-KLM Group. In recent weeks we have put in place all the necessary measures to fly safely and we are now ready to start again in view of the tourist season.”

Renato Branca, CEO of the airport’s operating company, SOGAER, added: “We are very pleased to welcome the first international scheduled flight arriving at the Cagliari airport after more than three months. The restarting of air traffic, first domestic, and now international is an essential factor for the recovery of the tourist and economic development of our island. For this reason, in the past few months, SOGAER has spent all its efforts to re-programme the summer season with the carriers with the best possible offer of connections. The restart of KLM flights to our airport testifies to the work done and reconfirms the partnership between SOGAER and the airline. The connection with a global hub such as that of KLM in Amsterdam represents in fact a great opportunity for the whole territory of Southern Sardinia. I thank KLM for having once again chosen Cagliari Airport as the gateway to the island.”

The airport noted that the wearing of face coverings is now compulsory for staff and travellers and its cleaning / sanitation levels have been enhanced.