Air Antwerp to launch Antwerp/London flight service

Belgium-based Air Antwerp, a start-up carrier, has announced it plans to launch its first flight to London on September 9, following the receipt of its air operator´s certificate from Belgium´s civil aviation authority, the company said.

Air Antwerp, a joint venture with KLM and CityJet, will operate a 50-seat Fokker 50 turboprop to operate three weekday flights and one Sunday evening service.

KLM will serve as a codeshare partner on the London/Antwerp route. The airline expects the KLM codeshare agreement to support to the venture. VLM, which operated an Antwerp-London City service before it entered liquidation last year, did not have such a relationship with a major airline, Air Antwerp spokesperson Yves Panneels points out.

Air Antwerp was created to fill the space left by the collapse of VLM, and is 75% owned by Irish operator CityJet and 25% owned by KLM. The start-up has a stated aim of offering point-to-point services from Antwerp on routes unsupported by mainline carriers, their hub-feeder affiliates or high-speed rail.