Posted on: 23 April 2015 by Mark Howells
Southampton Airport and VLM Airlines have celebrated the first flight of a daily service between Southampton, Antwerp and Hamburg.
Flights between Southampton and Hamburg will be linked via a stopover in Antwerp, home to the second largest port in Europe and known as a ‘petrochemical hub’. Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, is another of Europe’s busiest international ports, with a 2014 throughput of 145.7 million tonnes.
Arthur White, CEO of VLM Airlines, commented, “Southampton is a great destination for travellers involved in the maritime industry. Additionally the leisure and tourism opportunities make this a really good fit for our network of linking the major ports of Europe.”
Dave Lees, managing director of Southampton Airport, added, “Not only does this new route suit many businesses in the area and locals wanting to visit these two beautiful cities, the new flights are perfect for those in Germany and Belgium starting cruises from Southampton, which is the cruise capital for northern Europe.”
Photo shows Southampton Airport MD Dave Lees (left) and VLM CEO Arthur White.