12 AUGUST 2019
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Belgium’s new airline has followed the unveiling of its livery (BTN last week) with plans to operate 16 flights a week between Antwerp and London City Airport (LCY) from next month.
Air Antwerp, which secured its AOC and operating licence last week, will operate a 50-seat Fokker F-50 with three flights a day on weekdays and one on Sundays. The regional carrier has also concluded a codeshare agreement with KLM on the route.
KLM, with a 25% stake, is one of two shareholders in the company, which was founded in May this year. CityJet of Dublin holds the remaining 75%.
Air Antwerp CEO Johan Maertens said: “Business travellers will finally be able to fly again from the centre of London to Antwerp and for the Antwerp business world it is good news there is again a direct link to the London Docklands.”
LCY aviation director Peter Downes added: “The return of the Antwerp route is fantastic news. The route has been valued tremendously in the past, and with the impetus of Air Antwerp and the codeshare with KLM, enabling bookings through the KLM website, it has the ingredients to be a real success.”
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