VLM Airlines launches new Antwerp service from Aberdeen

Belgium airline VLM Airlines has recently launched direct flights from Aberdeen to its hub airport, Antwerp.

Located in the northern region of Belgium, Antwerp is the capital city of Flanders region. In addition to this direct service on a Monday, there will be flights on Wednesdays and Fridays making a 30 minute stopover in Birmingham. Flights can be booked at www.flyvlm.com/en.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director at Aberdeen Airport, said ‘The brand new route to Antwerp with VLM airlines is a fantastic addition to our current scheduled services. Antwerp is ideally located within the Flanders region, 30 minutes from Brussels and with easy access to the surrounding important industries which are mutually beneficial for our two regions. Antwerp itself is a hidden gem, it has a reputation as the centre of the diamond trade but the city also has beautiful architecture and a vibrant nightlife which makes it ideal for a city break. We look forward to working with VLM Airlines and wish them every success with the route.’

Konstantijn Huys, Commerical Director of VLM said: ‘We are very excited to connect Aberdeen with Antwerp, which was picked as one of the Top 10 Best Cities 2018 by Lonely Planet, one of the most renowned travel guides in the world. Antwerp has so much to offer. The attractive architecture ranges from medieval buildings like the impressive town hall and square, to the magnificent central station or MAS, the remarkable town museum, to numerous Art Nouveau gems in between. With its stylish buildings to well-dressed window displays, Belgium’s most important economic centre is definitely a good-looking city’

‘This accolade isn’t new as it was one of the greatest, richest cities in all of Europe in the 1500’s. A century later, the Flemish Baroque painters Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck called Antwerp their home. In more recent years, the artists of note are fashion designers. This city is home to world-renowned shopping and a centuries-old diamond trade. We hope to welcome many Scottish passengers, whether for business purposes or leisure, on our flights.’

After an absence of more than nine years, VLM Airlines began flying on the historic route between Antwerp Airport and London City Airport in October 2017. VLM currently operates scheduled European services from Birmingham and London City.

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.