Posted on: 17 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
From 23 April, VLM Airlines will be launching scheduled flights each weekday between Southampton (England), Antwerp (Belgium) and Hamburg (Germany).
VLM Airlines joins the airport at a time of growth, with Southampton Airport reporting a 21% increase in passenger numbers in February 2015 versus February 2014.
Dave Lees, MD of Southampton Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome VLM and the new route to Antwerp and Hamburg. We’re continuously working to expand the airport's route network to give our loyal passengers a great choice of destinations, and Antwerp and Hamburg make perfect additions to our programme. This will link three major ports in Northern Europe and will be attractive to the marine and energy industry in this region, as well as leisure passengers.”
“The addition of the new Southampton–Antwerp–Hamburg route is in response to demand from the local communities. All three destinations are respected international seaport cities as well as popular tourist hotspots so we’re very confident the route will prove successful,” added Arthur White, CEO of VLM Airlines. “Southampton becomes the fourth international port city to be served by VLM, alongside Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp.”
VLM Airlines now offers scheduled services to 12 destinations in seven countries, including Liège, Avignon, Nice, Venice, Bologna, Geneva, Waterford and London Luton.