VLM Airlines made its comeback on October 30, 2017 on the legendary route between Antwerp Airport and London City Airport. One of VLM Airlines’ Fokker 50 took off from Antwerp Airport to the British capital.
“Today is an important milestone for our airline. We are proud to be back and we are more determined and resilient than ever before”, said Harm Prins, VLM Airlines CEO. “Everyone in the company is very happy that we are able offer again our services to the travelling public in both Antwerp and London.”
Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport said: “It’s great to see VLM Airlines return to London City, connecting our passengers with Antwerp up to four times daily. This is an important service for London – the only direct route from the UK capital to Belgium’s second largest city – and I’m sure business travellers in particular will value it greatly.”
Above Photo: VLM AIrlines. OO-VLI, one of the six Fokker 50s of VLM Airlines, received a water salute at Antwerp Airport
“The Antwerp-London City route links two of the most important economic centres in Europe. The route has proven to be the fastest travel alternative for both business people as leisure passengers”, said Marcel Buelens, CEO of Antwerp & Ostend-Bruges Airports. “Both Antwerp Airport and London City Airport offer short check-in times, short walking distances and are both located close to the city centres.”
VLM Airlines offers three daily services in each direction on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays and Fridays there are four return flights. On Sundays the airline will operate two services.
Antwerp and London are linked with a direct flight since 1993, first by VLM Airlines (from 1993 until 2008) then Cityjet. About one month ago the latter announced that it decided to discontinue its activities on the route by the end of the Summer season.
About VLM Airlines
The Belgian company SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is a subsidiary of the Dutch investment company SHS Aviation B.V. SHS Aviation B.V. is owned for 60% by Dutch investors. A minority share of 40% is held by Chinese investors. The Slovenian airline VLM Airlines d.d. is a subsidiary of SHS Antwerp Aviation.
Both SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. and VLM Airlines d.d. are developing airline activities under the common trading name ‘VLM Airlines’.
SHS Antwerp Aviation is the successor to VLM Airlines N.V. that ceased all its activities on 22nd June 2016. In September 2016, SHS Aviation acquired the remaining aircraft and all other assets of VLM Airlines N.V.
At this moment VLM Airlines employs 55 aviation professionals and has a fleet of 6 Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft. Each aircraft can carry 50 passengers. Three Fokker 50s are on the Slovenian AOC.