KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flies in 8,000 tulips for charity

SEPANG, The Netherlands flag carrier airline, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, today flew in 8,000 stalks of tulips from the Netherlands to raise funds in support of palliative care for Hospis Malaysia.

Organised for the 17th time, the KLM Charity Tulip Sale 2019 is held at the KL International Airport (KLIA) Main Terminal from today until tomorrow in conjunction with Mother’s Day tomorrow.

Country Manager for Air France KLM Malaysia, Estee Ng, said each stalk of tulip is sold for only RM6, making it affordable for Malaysians to buy the flower that is a distinctive icon of the Netherlands.

“The price has not been increased since the 16th time of the tulip sale back in 2014 which sold 3,500 stalks of tulips.

“As tulips are not easily available in Malaysia, we would also like to create awareness about the flower while contributing to the less fortunate,” said Ng.

She said all proceeds from the sale of the tulips will go to Hospis Malaysia.

Asked whether there is any plan to increase the frequencies of daily direct flights between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport and daily flignts between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, Ng said currently the frequencies and schedules are sufficient.

“We celebrated our 60th year here in this country last year and have been the longest foreign carrier in Malaysia.

“If we find that there is an increase in demand and there is a need to add more flights in our review, we will make an announcement, but for now it is adequate,” she told reporters at the sale event.

The KLM Charity Tulip Sale 2019 also saw Malaysia Airports pledge to purchase 1,000 stalks of tulips, with 400 more by Sama-Sama Hotel KL International Airport.

The charity event initiative, which started in 1998, was opened by the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Malaysia Karin MAlssenlechner today.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)