I don't know why your are all acting so surprised, this is only the next step in what was announced last year and approved by US and EU authorities back at the beginning of this year. You may not like it, but you can't say this is truly news. Since the EU government doesn't like the national governments to pull out all of the stops to keep their airlines afloat this consolidation is bound to happen.
As for the KLM brand, it won't disappear as fast a some people would like you to think, only because the perceptions of consumers will resist it. Though it may be gone within a decade. You can argue which brand is truly stronger, but I don't think anyone here can make a definitive case (personal preferences not withstanding).
As for the future of AMS
. They cannot move the passenger loads of AMS
directly, the landside and airside capacity don't exist, yet. What you are more likely to see is a realignment of passengers and flights to maximize the utility of both airports. Considering the population densities in that part of Europe, a good business case can be made for maintaining two hubs. DL
maintains both ATL
(super-hub) and CVG
(land of the RJ
) and they are only about 100 mi farther apart than CDG
. Further the pop densities are lower here in the States.