Airline scraps Manchester to London City route

17.5.2009   (Crains)

Belgian-based VLM has ended services between Manchester and London City Airport,
it announced today.

The airline, part of Air France/ KLM group also flies to both Antwerp and Rotterdam
from Manchester, but those services have not been affected.

A spokesman confirmed: "The route has been heavily loss-making and, in these
tough economic conditions, we are impeded by unfair competition   [sic]  from a
subsidised rail network and airline ticket taxes that often make up over 50 per
cent of the overall fare.

"We would like to apologise to customers who have made bookings after May 31st
for the inconvenience caused. All will be fully refunded."

“We would like to thank all regular flyers who have supported the airline on
this route over the past seven years and to reaffirm that VLM Airlines still remains
committed to its profitable operations from Manchester. We will continue to serve
the city with regular services to both Antwerp and Rotterdam.”


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