VLM adds Rotterdam service

VLM Airlines will broaden the choice of routes for travellers from Northern England with the launch a new non-stop service from Manchester to Rotterdam. The service, which commences on 26th February 2007, will operate twice each weekday, and once on Sunday.

With the start of the new route, VLM Airlines will increase the choice of direct services it offers from Manchester, following the launch of its non-stop service to Antwerp in October. The carrier also offers an eight-times weekday service to London City, where passengers can make quick and convenient connections to other destinations on the airline’s network.

VLM Airlines’ decision to start the service follows extensive analysis of the carrier’s existing services between Manchester and Rotterdam which connect via its hub at London City Airport, and increasing demand from passengers to travel non-stop between the two cities.

The airline commenced flights from Manchester in 1998, and since that time has seen a growing demand for flights to and from the city. Manchester Airport is home to one of VLM Airlines’ largest operations with two of its fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft, and around 40 employees based there.

Rotterdam is the world’s largest port, and the industrial heart of the Netherlands.  Over 1,000 international companies have chosen Rotterdam as the base for their European and worldwide business.  More than one million people from 162 countries live in the Rotterdam city region.

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Johan Vanneste, Managing Director of VLM Airlines, states: “This new route further enhances the choice of services we provide between the Netherlands and the UK, with 25 flights now offered each weekday.”

Manchester Airport Director of Aviation Development Tim McDermott adds: “As the UK’s leading regional international airport, Manchester Airport serves a massive list of business destinations worldwide.  We’re proud to see VLM Airlines add that vital Rotterdam link to our list.”

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