VLM Airlines Flying between Antwerp and Frankfurt

Third route from Antwerp

Antwerp, 4th May 2009 – This morning, the first scheduled flight between Antwerp and Frankfurt took off in the presence of Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters and the Vice-Minister-President Dirk Van Mechelen. The flights between Antwerp and Frankfurt are operated by VLM Airlines with a Fokker 50 in code-share with Air France.

From today onward, VLM Airlines flies from Antwerp to three destinations: Frankfurt, London City Airport, and Manchester. The 80-minute flights between Antwerp and Frankfurt are operated with a Fokker 50 aircraft, equipped with comfortable leather seats. Today’s flight with an aircraft, which was named “City of Frankfurt”, took off at 9:05 AM.

This code-share agreement is the first clearly visible form of cooperation in the Belgian market since VLM Airlines became a member of the Air France-KLM Group. The agreement allows passengers of both Air France and VLM Airlines to do business comfortably without having to spend a night in Frankfurt.

During the ceremony at Antwerp International Airport, Frederic Kahane, General Manager of Air France for Belgium and Luxembourg, pointed out the advantages that the airport offers: “Antwerp International Airport still offers free parking. A passenger needs only 15 minutes from the car-park to the aircraft, including check-in and security. The huge time savings for the time-conscious business traveller is precisely the strength of this regional business airport.

Johan Vanneste, CEO of VLM Airlines, added, ” The opening of our third destination from Antwerp is of great importance to Antwerp International Airport and the whole surrounding region. Since the European Central Bank established its seat there, the city became Europe’s second most important financial centre. A direct connection with an important port such as Antwerp offers many possibilities.

Economy Class passengers can enjoy complimentary light meals on board all flights, along with coffee and tea served on real china and a choice of alcoholic beverages. Business Class passengers enjoy a range of additional benefits including enhanced meals, newspapers, fully flexible tickets and increased baggage allowance.

Timetable (local time)
Antwerp – Frankfurt
Depart 09:05 AM – Arrive 10:25 AM
Depart 03:50 PM – Arrive 05:10 PM
Depart 08:25 PM – Arrive 09:45 PM
Frankfurt – Antwerp
Depart 06:45 AM – Arrive 08:10 AM
Depart 01:40 PM – Arrive 03:05 PM
Depart 05:55 PM – Arrive 07:20 PM

For more information and reservations, call +32 3 287 8080 (from Belgium), +31 900 450 5050 (from The Netherlands), or a travel agent, or visit www.flyvlm.com.

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About Air France and VLM Airlines
In December 2007, VLM Airlines was acquired by the Air France – KLM Group. VLM Airlines is now combining its operations with CityJet, another member of the Air France – KLM Group, to become the No. 1 choice for business travellers to and from the heart of London. The airlines currently offer flights from London City Airport to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Dublin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, Manchester, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Rotterdam and Strasbourg. VLM Airlines also carries out charter flights and offers direct flights from Antwerp and Rotterdam to Manchester, from Rotterdam to Hamburg and Jersey, and from Antwerp to Frankfurt.

Air France is part of the Air France – KLM Group and is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with worldwide services.