30 APRIL 2018
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Services from Manchester to Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges are being launched by newly-revitalised Belgian carrier VLM from 1 October, serving Antwerp twice daily Monday to Friday, with daily flights over the weekend. The Ostend-Bruges service will operate once a day.
It is the first time Manchester will have a direct flight to Ostend-Bruges, while VLM previously offered direct flights to Antwerp, Belgium’s second city, in 2009. The flights will operate on a Fokker 50 aircraft.
VLM Regional commercial director Konstantijn Huys said: “We look forward to re-establishing the route to Antwerp, Europe’s second largest seaport, the world’s diamond capital and the world’s second largest petrochemical cluster after Houston.
“Meanwhile, Bruges-Ostend Airport is within 20min of the medieval city of Bruges, and is the perfect gateway for a visit to Flanders Fields to remember the many young people who died during WWI.”
Manchester Airport aviation director Julian Carr said: “We’re delighted to see VLM coming back to re-connect the airport with Antwerp and launch services to Ostend-Bruges. I’m sure both destinations will prove hugely popular with the 22m people in our catchment area.”
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