VLM adds Rotterdam service

VLM Airlines has broadened the choice of routes for travellers from the North West with the start of non-stop flights from Manchester to Rotterdam. The service will operate twice each weekday, and once on Sunday.

With the start of this new route, VLM Airlines is increasing the choice of direct services it offers from Manchester Airport, following the launch of its non-stop service to Antwerp in October 2006. The carrier also offers a frequent service to London City from Manchester, which will shortly be increased to nine flights each weekday, where passengers can make quick and convenient connections to other destinations on the airline’s network.

Speaking at a press conference at Manchester Airport today, Johan Vanneste, Managing Director of VLM Airlines, said: “Manchester Airport is a growing hub for VLM Airlines, and the start of our new non-stop service from Manchester to Rotterdam enables us to offer even more choice for business and leisure travellers from the North West.”

“Coupled with our services to Antwerp and London City, we now offer a choice of 13 flights each weekday from Manchester Airport, and hope to increase this further in the future,” he added.

The launch of VLM Airlines’ newest 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 three 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.