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VLM Airlines increases London - Manchester flights

14th February 2007 Print
VLM VLM Airlines, the carrier which offers the largest number of flights from London City Airport, will introduce an additional return service to Manchester from 1st March, 2007, bringing the total of return flights to nine each weekday.

At the same time, the carrier is optimising its schedule to offer a greater number of departures at peak times, allowing business travellers more flexibility when planning their meetings in either city.

VLM Airlines introduced its London City to Manchester service in September 2002. Despite intense competition from other airlines and rail services too, passenger numbers have grown each year since 2002. The route has become an established and popular link for business people travelling between Manchester and Central London, with over 113,000 travellers choosing to use the fast and convenient service in 2006.

Johan Vanneste, Managing Director VLM Airlines says, "Despite the fierce competition on this route, VLM Airlines has achieved a great deal of recognition amongst the business community and extra demand has brought us to the decision to introduce an extra return flight."

He adds: "We are very much aware of what the business community requires from a regional airline and will remain committed to offering a quality and time-saving product."

With around 80 per cent of its passengers travelling for business purposes, VLM Airlines' priority is to offer fast, frequent services. With the introduction of the Docklands Light Railway link to London City Airport in December 2005, travel to the centre of London has been both quickened and simplified, and allows VLM Airlines' passengers to arrive in the centre of London just 1 hour and 20 minutes after their departure from Manchester.

This new service is the latest in a series of developments at Manchester. In October 2006, VLM Airlines introduced a double-daily non-stop service to Antwerp and, on 26th February, will introduce a twice daily non-stop service to Rotterdam.

In addition to nine return flights from Manchester to London City each weekday, passengers travelling with VLM Airlines can also make quick and convenient connections at the London airport to the carrier's services to Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Brussels.

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