VLM reaches 100 flights milestone

VLM Airlines has underlined its importance for air travel direct from the heart of London by
passing the 100 flights mark.Added capacity for the carrier’s new
winter programme gave customers, for a first time, the choice of more
than 100 VLM Airlines flights each weekday to and from London City
Airport.

VLM Airlines commenced operations in 1993 with its first daily flight
from London City Airport to Antwerp in Belgium. Reinforcing its growth
since then, VLM Airlines earlier today underlined its position as the
largest operator from London City Airport by unveiling a new schedule
with 104 flights each weekday between the central London gateway and 11
destinations in the UK and Western Europe.

Marking the occasion, passengers on the 10.35am service from Amsterdam,
the carrier’s fastest-expanding route, were greeted by VLM Airlines’
newly-appointed UK Regional Manager, Carol Baker when they arrived in
London. And other passengers travelling on board VLM flights from London
City today received celebratory chocolates to mark the three-figure
milestone.

“Today is a significant landmark for VLM Airlines, as we add new
capacity from London City Airport. With more than 100 flights each
weekday we now offer our passengers more choice of frequency and range
of services than ever before,” said Baker.

“A growing number of customers recognise the many advantages of taking a
VLM Airlines flight from London City Airport when travelling on business
or pleasure. We’re grateful for the loyalty of customers in helping us
to pass this century mark, and we will continue to focus on giving them
the exceptional service they demand as we maintain the development of
VLM Airlines,” she added.

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Baker, 48, joined VLM in 2002 and was appointed UK Sales Manager in
2003. For the previous six years, she had been Reservations Manager for
a scheduled flight division of First Choice Holidays.

Charles Buchanan, Business Development Director for London City Airport,
is in no doubt that VLM Airlines, having exceeded 100 flights per day,
will continue to grow: “VLM Airlines is now the largest operator at
London City Airport and within its 13 years of operating has almost
carried four million passengers.  The driving force behind this success
is VLM Airlines’ customer-focused business model - all route launches
are supported by the high frequency schedules that business travellers
demand.  We look forward to continuing to work with VLM Airlines as it
goes from strength to strength.”

The century mark came as VLM Airlines introduced its new winter schedule
for 2006/7, which included service increases to a number of key
destinations. The carrier increased operations to Antwerp from six to
seven per weekday, to Amsterdam from 12 to 13 each weekday and a new
service to Groningen via Amsterdam.

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