KLM gets clearance to land in Beijing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 March, 1996, 12:00am

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will inaugurate services between Amsterdam and Beijing on June 26, after a five-year battle with the Chinese government over landing rights.

KLM's general manager for Hong Kong, China and Macau, Vincent Vogt, yesterday said the airline had agreed to change the name of the carrier for flights to Taiwan in return for the approval to service Beijing.

For years, China has complained about KLM's flights to Taipei.

Flights to Taiwan will now operate under KLM Asia, with the royal crown symbol dropped from the aircraft.

'We had to 'pay respect' to China with our official name and logo changed for those flights,' Mr Vogt said, adding that the airline was negotiating for rights to service Shanghai.