VLM Airlines introduces new Birmingham-Antwerp service

European carrier VLM Airlines is planning to introduce a new direct flight service from Birmingham to the commercial and tourist centre of Antwerp in Belgium, starting October 05, 2015.

Passengers will be offered daily return Birmingham-Antwerp flights, three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with one-way fares starting from £39.

Known as the ‘world’s leading diamond city’ and as the world’s fifth-largest port, the city of Antwerp presents holidaymakers and tourists with a host of attractions including its medieval streets, Renaissance monuments, gothic and baroque churches and nightlife. Tourists can explore art at the Royal Museum and Rubens House, or experience the Grote Markt and the art and architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, started in 1351.

Steve Blair, Chief Operating Officer of VLM Airlines, said: ‘Adding the Birmingham-Antwerp route to our network is another example of VLM listening to what business and leisure travellers want. There are strong business synergies between these cities for industries including fashion, diamond, automotive and chemicals. We are confident this new route will also be attractive to people looking for a city break and can be used as a gateway to Bruges, Ghent and Brussels, all accessible in under an hour from Antwerp.’

William Pearson, Aviation Development Director of Birmingham Airport, commented: ‘This new scheduled service linking Birmingham Airport to Antwerp is a welcome addition to the existing VLM route linking us to Waterford in Southeast Ireland. We expect this service to be popular with business travellers, given the airport’s proximity to the city centre, fast check-in service, and parking options, as well as leisure travellers. Both cities are hubs for tourists activities, with excellent connections to onward destinations.’

VLM Airlines now offers scheduled services to seven destinations in five countries, including Geneva, Hamburg, Southampton, Waterford and London Luton.