European regional carrier, VLM Airlines, has launched a direct service from Birmingham to the thriving commercial and tourist centre of Antwerp in Belgium. The inaugural flight was greeted with a water arch salute whilst VIP passengers were greeted by the Belgium ambassador to the United Kingdom, Guy Trouveroy. Trouveroy showed further support for the new service during an exchange of gifts between Antwerp-based goldsmith, Wim Meeussen, and Birmingham-based jewellery designer, Alice Stewart.
Armed robbers have stolen diamonds £30 million from Brussels Airport, according to reports from Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported. Eight men launched a coordinated raid on the diamonds while the gems were being loaded onto a plane.
Belgian region Flanders is to promote the 100th anniversary of the Great War at World Travel Market 2012, the leading global event for the travel industry, with the aim of attracting up to two million tourists in four years. The fields of Flanders, particularly around the town of Ypres, were the key battle ground fought over by the Allies and German soldiers from October 1914 practically until the end of the war in November 1918.