KLM Pairs Fliers with Locals in a New Layover Program

The canals of Amsterdam.
The canals of Amsterdam.

KLM fliers with a layover in Amsterdam will soon be able to experience more of the city with a new app launching next month. Called Layover With a Local, the app will connect travelers transiting for more than six hours at Schiphol International Airport with someone to take them on a tour of the city as they wait for their next flight, turning a long wait into a fun short trip. The app comes with a free train ticket into the city center, where they will then meet the person who has been paired with them based on language preferences and social interests. The program will first be available for fliers departing from the United States, Canada, and Italy when it launches mid-March. Just like the Stopover Buddy recently introduced by Icelandair, Layover with a Local allows travelers to make the best use of their time in transit.

“This initiative fits KLM’s positioning as a social airline. Around 70% of KLM’s passengers catch connecting flights at Schiphol, which is why we created this service that turns layover time at the airport into a unique and social experience in Amsterdam with a new friend,” said Tjalling Smit, senior vice president of digital at Air France-KLM. “Travelers who catch a brief glimpse of Amsterdam this way may decide to come back in future to get the full Amsterdam experience.”

For more information, visit Layover with a Local.

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