VLM Airlines will double its flights to Amsterdam next month. The airline, which currently operates six return flights each weekday to the Dutch capital, will offer nine flights each weekday from 4th September, and twelve from 18th September.
VLM Airlines will also increase its weekend services on the route, offering a return flight each Saturday for the first time, and adding a third return service every Sunday.
From 18th September, VLM Airlines will operate 22 flights each weekday from London City to the Netherlands - 12 flights to Amsterdam and 10 flights to Rotterdam. In the first 8 months of 2006, VLM Airlines has seen passenger numbers on its Rotterdam service increase by 22 per cent, to 90,000 passengers, compared to the same period the previous year. The airline’s Amsterdam service has also grown considerably with passenger numbers for April - August 2006* up 131 per cent from the same period the previous year. Over 51,000 passengers were carried on this route during the first eight months of 2006
In order to operate these extra flights, an additional Fokker 50 aircraft will enter service with VLM Airlines, taking its total fleet to 16 Fokker 50s. The carrier will also double the number of aircraft stationed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from two to four.
Johan Vanneste, Managing Director VLM Airlines, says: “We recently announced an increase to 9 flights each weekday on this route, but analysis of forward bookings and continued spectacular growth has led us to add even more flights between London City and Amsterdam.” He adds: “The Dutch market still has large potential for a quality business airline like VLM Airlines, as we see a growing number of business people looking for a fast, reliable and efficient mode of transport when travelling from London to the Netherlands.”
VLM Airlines holds a strong competitive advantage at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where its aircraft are parked at the gate, meaning that no long bus rides are necessary from remote stands, and the distance from check-in to aircraft is kept to a minimum.
In addition, VLM Airlines operates from London City Airport, the airport that lies closest to the centre of London. The airport is linked directly to Central London via the Docklands Light Railway, with a journey time of just 22 minutes from Bank Station to the airport. With only a 70 minute flight time from London City to Amsterdam, and check-in times being kept to a minimum, the time saving element offered to business passengers has proven to be a major plus.
VLM Airlines’ 12 weekday flights are designed to provide a wide range of conveniently timed flights for business travellers visiting Amsterdam and London. There are five departures from London City between 7.30am and 10.45am, with six return flights from Amsterdam between 4pm and 8.15pm.