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Flying LCY - AMS....KLM Or VLM?  
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 3913 times:

This November, I plan to fly LCY - AMS. I have not been to either airport before. My two options are KLM and VLM. Which are better to fly?


Any information appreciated.

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User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 3907 times:

Dunno, check



No difference.

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User currently offlinePHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 3857 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):

You sound as if it is trans-Atlantic, but it is only the Northsea that separates us Big grin
VLM has higher frequencies, i.e. more flights to choose from and more flexibility for you.

[Edited 2007-09-18 17:34:01]

User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

Unless you're a SkyTeam member I'd go with VLM for the convenience of higher frequencies, assuming prices are comparable.


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User currently offlinePHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3795 times:

Quoting LHRjc (Reply 3):
assuming prices are comparable.

FWIW, the lowest bookable fare (all charges included) LCY-AMS-LCY round-trip no min-stay no saturday-night is:
GBP95 for VLM
GBP140 for KLM

The KLM fare drops to 101 GBP if minimum-stay rules are respected. VLM does not have such restrictions.

User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3641 times:

VLM's aircraft are in a much better condition than KLMs.

KLM's are pretty poor condtion (Scratch obscure windows, ripped seats and stained seat tables).
VLM's are very clean and much better kept by comparision.

F50's for both airlines.. it's a bit like flying on a ducks back.

The food is pretty much the same... small bun with a slab of meat and a wipe of butter.

AIrmiles KLM wins.. around 1500 miles for a return (and is Sky Team),
VLM offers about 150 and you need around 10000 for a freebie !

VLM offers better frequency (and tends to be better at being on time).

however in my particular case.. neither has a landing in AMS before 9am...meaning a 6am from LHR or a night stay over.

As for the flight... it's a 2 minute taxi.. 20 minutes over land, 20 minutes over water, 10 minutes over land (and if your lucky a 5 minute taxi to the gate...if your unlucky.. it's a 15 minute 4 mile drive to AMS).

Check out the "rare" whiskys at the duty free shop at LCY.. and you can leave it there and pick it up on your way back too.

Also look out for the "door man" at LCY top hat and tails.. opens car doors for passengers.. never seen that at any other airport.

I do the LCY-AMS nearly every week.

So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3561 times:


Thanks for a brilliant answer! It sounds like VLM is the better choice....especially as I am not a member of Sky Team!

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19258 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3557 times:

I have flown KL LHR-AMS-LHR, AMS-CAI-AMS, etc. They were OK but nothing special.

I haven't yet flown VG, but I will be flying them JER-LCY in November. Should be good. And I haven't yet flown on the F50, and I'm looking forward to that.

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User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

I flew KLM LCY-AMS-LHR. The LCY-AMS fights were nothing special. Very delayed and poor ground staff who had no idea what was going in. Inflight food was lacking.

Good with VLM, it's cheaper and a probably IMO a better experience.

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