VLM Airlines restarts the London City-Antwerp route

Fokker 50 VLM Airlines Photo by VLM Airlines

VLM Airlines made its comeback yesterday on the legendary route between Antwerp Airport (ANR) and London-City Airport (LCY). One of VLM Airlines’ Fokker 50 took off from Antwerp to the British capital.

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.

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.

— VLM Airlines