Antwerp airline VLM shuts down operationsSunday, 02 September 2018 11:44
Management of parent company SHS Aviation announced the cancellation of the majority of flights in August, is what one flight economist described as the “chronicle of a death foretold”.
The loss of VLM leaves Antwerp airport with little to work with, but is not an “unavoidable disaster,” according to Marcel Buelens, CEO of the airport company. “We’re been looking into alternatives for some time,” he said. “We certainly want to hold on to the London connection, and talks are ongoing with Flybe.” The company has been running a regular service to London Southend since March.
But the VLM closure will revive a discussion over the airport’s future. On the one hand, s.pa and Groen see no need for an airport at Antwerp when there is an international airport barely 40km away at Zaventem. Supporters, however, like Philippe De Backer of Open VLD, are calling for the airport to be extended an turned into a business destination serving the port of Antwerp and the city’s diamond sector.
The Brussels Times
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