KLM becomes airline sponsor of Austin Football Club

Austin FC announced today that KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) is now an official club partner. Austin FC is Austin Football Club (or soccer for American readers) and recently joined MLS (Major League Soccer), the premier division of professional soccer in the United States.

Austin FC and KLM are now partners

KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands, is the first official airline partner of football club Austin FC.

Commenting on the club’s new partnership with the Dutch airline, club president Any Loughnane said:

“KLM is one of the most well-known and respected airlines in the world and with their recent expansion in Austin, now is the perfect time for a partnership between our two organizations. We look forward to working together to further our football goals as KLM supports Austin FC fans as they travel around the world.”

KLM recently launched a service between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Austin FC plans to capitalize on this new route this summer by flying its Austin FC Academy players to Europe for off-season competitions.

“We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Austin FC. As an Official Airline Partner, KLM is excited to offer Austin FC the opportunity to benefit from our unrivaled transatlantic connectivity and seamless travel to Amsterdam and beyond. Austin FC will be able to travel to all of their European games with ease aboard KLM’s exemplary fleet.” – Eric Caron, SVP and General Manager, Air France KLM North America

KLM recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Photo: Luke Souza | Easy flying

Austin FC became the 27th club in the MLS when it joined in January 2019. The Texas soccer club competed in MLS in 2021 and played its first home game on June 19. The club’s brand new stadium is called Q2 Stadium and costs $260 million state-of-the-art facility.

KLM flies to Austin year-round

Back in March this year, KLM established its presence in the growing Texas city of Austin and added non-stop service from Amsterdam. Austin is the airline’s twelfth destination in the United States, and no other airline competes for that combination in the market.

At the start of the route, KLM flew to Austin three times a week. The AMS-AUS route was served on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Due to strong demand, KLM announced today that the route will operate year-round. When the route was first announced in 2019, KLM planned to serve the route with its Airbus A330-300, but it is now served with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) is the national airline of the Netherlands. Photo: Luke Souza | Easy flying

The route was created to connect Austin’s booming tech industry and thriving culture with Amsterdam, another tech industry hub. There is a growing demand for Austin Americans to travel to Europe and Europeans to explore Austin.

Founded in 1919, KLM is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. With the increasing demand for air travel, KLM will operate flights to 167 destinations worldwide and offer direct flights to major tourist and business cities. Of the 167 destinations, 96 are European and 71 are intercontinental.

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