The Belgian-based carrier, VLM Airlines, will start a new daily service from Antwerp (Belgium) to Birmingham (UK) from 12 February 2018. The airline will also fly from the same date to two other new routes; Antwerp–Munich (Germany) and Munich–Maribor (Slovenia).

The new services will be operated on a Fokker 50 with fares starting at €59 (all taxes included).

Commenting on the new service to Birmingham, William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport said: “It is fantastic news that Birmingham will be reconnected with the Belgian city of Antwerp. This medieval city has something for everyone, steeped in history but also named as the country’s capital of cool. It is also known as the world’s leading diamond city. We are delighted that VLM will be operating this service.”

The new routes are in addition to VLM’s existing Antwerp–London City Airport route and flights between Antwerp and Zurich, which will commence on 22 January.

Commenting on how the new routes will cater for both business and leisure travellers, Karl Rickard, CEO of VLM Airlines enthused that as well as being the diamond capital of the world, one of Europe’s largest seaports and the second largest petrochemical centre in the world, Antwerp is a “thriving city, that is also known for its bold and diverse arts, fashion and culinary scene. A short ride takes you to other popular Belgian cities including Bruges, Ghent and Brussels as well as to Dutch cities such as Rotterdam and Eindhoven.”

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