VLM Airlines is to launch new routes to Manchester from Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges on 1 October 2018.
The airline will operate the Ostend-Bruges service once a day. Additionally, VLM will serve Antwerp twice daily Monday to Friday, with daily flights over the weekend.
VLM commercial director, Konstantijn Huys said: “We are very happy to re-establish the Manchester – Antwerp route. Antwerp is not only Europe’s second largest seaport and the world’s diamond capital, the city also has the second largest petrochemical cluster in the world after Houston, Texas. The city is also renowned for its thriving fashion, cultural, culinary and heritage scene.”
Antwerp International Airport and Ostend-Bruges International Airport chief executive officer, Marcel Buelens said the new flights to Manchester from both Antwerp and Ostend are a “continuation” of intentions to offer as many business destinations as possible from the Flemish regional airports.
He added: “One should also see the new connections in the context of Brexit and our belief that Britain will remain a good market for Flemish entrepreneurs.”
Manchester Airport aviation director, Julia Carr said: “We’re delighted to see VLM coming back to Manchester to re-connect the airport with Antwerp and also launch services to Ostend-Bruges.
“Both destinations are perfect for city breaks and I’m sure they’ll prove hugely popular with the 22 million people in our catchment area.”