Cologne Bonn Airport has confirmed another new carrier will join its network later this summer when Belgian regional operator VLM Airlines commences two new routes to Rostock and Antwerp from the German gateway.
Planned to start on 4 June, both services will be operated five times weekly (every day except Wednesdays and Fridays) using the airline’s fleet of 50-seat Fokker 50s on the 192-kilometre international and 487-kilometre domestic sectors.
Facing no competition on either city pair, VLM Airlines will be providing the North Rhine-Westphalia airport’s eighth domestic connection and currently its only service to Belgium.
As a result of the carrier’s expansion, Cologne Bonn will be linked to Berlin Tegel, Berlin Schönefeld, Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig/Halle, Sylt and Rostock airports in Germany this summer.
Providing an extra 1,000 seats to the airport’s capacity each week throughout this summer, the addition of these short-haul destinations further strengthens Cologne Bonn’s summer network.
On 26 March, VLM Airlines also added Birmingham Airport to its network. From Monday to Friday, the airline now flies daily between Antwerp and the second largest city in the UK.
The carrier also doubled its frequency on the Antwerp-Munich route from 26 March and now operates the service on a twice daily rotation to the Bavarian capital.