Birmingham is set to have a direct connection to the thriving commercial and tourist centre of Antwerp in Belgium, thanks to a new service by European carrier VLM Airlines launching on October 5th , 2015.
Passengers will be able to choose from daily return Birmingham-Antwerp flights, three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Steve Blair, chief operating officer of VLM Airlines, said: “Adding the Birmingham-Antwerp route to our network is another example of VLM listening to what business and leisure travellers want.
“There are strong business synergies between these cities for industries including fashion, diamond, automotive and chemicals.
“We are confident this new route will also be attractive to people looking for a city break and can be used as a gateway to Bruges, Ghent and Brussels, all accessible in under an hour from Antwerp.”
VLM Airlines now offers scheduled services to seven destinations in five countries, including Geneva, Hamburg, Southampton, Waterford and London Luton.
William Pearson, aviation development director of Birmingham Airport, commented: “This new scheduled service linking Birmingham Airport to Antwerp is a welcome addition to the existing VLM route linking us to Waterford in Southeast Ireland.
“We expect this service to be popular with business travellers, given the airport’s proximity to the city centre, fast check-in service, and parking options, as well as leisure travellers.
“Both cities are hubs for tourist activities, with excellent connections to onward destinations.”