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VLM Airlines, also known as flyVLM, is a Slovenian airline based at Edvard Rusjan Airport in Maribor, Slovenia.
The airline serves destinations including London and Antwerp and Maribor to Spilt and Dubrovnik, Croatia with a Fokker 50 aircraft. Latest routes to be added are Münich, Germany.
After an absence of over 9 years, VLM Airlines are flying the original route between Antwerp, Belgium and London City Airport.
The Belgian company SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is a subsidiary of the Dutch investment company SHS Aviation B.V. SHS Aviation B.V. is owned for 60% by Dutch and for 40% by Canadian investors. The Slovenian airline VLM Airlines is a subsidiary of SHS Antwerp Aviation.
Both SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. and VLM Airlines are developing airline activities under the common trading name ‘VLM Airlines’.
Currently, VLM Airlines has a fleet of 6 Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft, with each aircraft can carry 50 passengers.
Three Fokker 50s are on the Slovenian AOC.
VLM airlines had previously ceased flying operations in June 2016. Later that year, SHS Aviation acquired the remaining aircraft and all other assets of VLM Airlines N.V, however, in May 2017, the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure issued an air operator's licenses (AOC) to VLM Airlines. The airline is 100% owned by the Belgium company SHS Antwerp Aviation.
VLM passengers are allowed 1 bag of maximum 20kg free of charge and 1 hand baggage of maximum 10kg.
14th February 2018
VLM Airlines makes a move on Maribor and Munich
VLM Airlines launched its latest routes from Antwerp on 12 February, a link to Munich with onward service to Maribor. The carrier will operate the routing every weekday using its fleet of Fokker 50s.
VLM Airlines launched its latest services from Antwerp (ANR) this week, starting a weekday service to Munich(MUC) with an onward connection to Maribor (MBX). Launched on 12 February, flights on the 612-kilometre leg between Antwerp and Munich depart from the Belgian city at 10:10, landing into the German hub at 12:15. The onward 359-kilometre link from the Bavarian hub to Slovenia takes off at 12:45, getting into Maribor at approximately 14:20. Return flights see an afternoon rotation depart at 14:50 from Maribor, with an estimated arrival time into Munich of 16:30. The final sector then leaves the German airport at 17:00, finally reaching Antwerp at 19:10.
VLM will not face any direct competition on either of its latest services, with these becoming routes three and four for the carrier which already serves London City and Zurich from its home base. The next planned route launch for the airline is 26 March, the day it will begin serving Birmingham. On the same day, the airline will also increase its Munich service to a twice-daily weekday rotation.
23rd January 2018
VLM Airlines inaugurates Zurich service
VLM Airlines, the recently restored operator, has begun flights between Antwerp and Zurich, adding to its existing London City link. Launched on 22 January, the airline will offer 10 weekly flights on the 518-kilometre hop to Switzerland. The carrier’s next routes from Antwerp will be Birmingham and Munich, with the latter airport also expected to be connected by the airline to Maribor in Slovenia.
VLM Airlines has added a second route from Antwerp (ANR) since it was brought back to life in October, with the carrier now offering a 10 times weekly service to Zurich (ZRH), adding to its existing London City link.
Launched on 22 January, the airline will serve the 518-kilometre hop to Switzerland using its fleet of 50-seat Fokker 50s, becoming the only operator on the city pair. The airline’s next round of route launches will take place on 12 February, the day which sees the regional carrier begin flights to Birmingham and Munich, with the latter airport also being linked by the carrier to Maribor in Slovenia.
28th November 2017
VLM Airlines appoints new CEO
SHS Aviation announced the appointment of Karl Rickard as CEO of VLM Airlines, succeeding Harm Prins. Christian Heinzmann will also join the board of SHS Aviation. Mr Rickard previously served as CEO of Power Jet Aviation, a Luxembourg based company specialising in aircraft pre-purchase inspections, asset valuation, aircraft disassembly and end of life solutions. Mr Rickard said he will drive VLM to "start preparing the launch of our future long haul operations". As previously reported by CAPA, VLM Airlines plans to lease one A330-200 aircraft and is considering serving Shenzhen from either Brussels or Liege from as early as Apr-2018.
17th November 2017
VLM Airlines acquires Belgian AOC for Fokker 50
Belgian aviation authorities have granted an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to regional VLM Airlines for its Fokker 50 aircraft, just days after approving an AOC for Airbus A320s acquired from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCAB).
Currently, VLM Airlines has three AOCs: a Slovenian and a Belgian AOC for its Fokker 50 operations and a Belgian AOC for A320 operations.
On June 1, ATW reported that leisure carrier TCAB was being sold to two companies, Lufthansa Group carrier Brussels Airlines and VLM Airlines’ Dutch parent company SHS Aviation, which took full ownership of TCAB, acquiring all the shares in the company.
Two VLM A320s are based at Brussels Zaventem and are used for charters, leisure markets, ACMI and private flights. The carrier said it plans to deploy the A320s and Fokker 50s together on VLM Airlines’ European scheduled flight network.
VLM operates 19X-weekly flights between Antwerp (Belgium) and London City (UK). The carrier has 100 employees and operates a fleet of six Fokker 50s and two A320-200s, which are all registered in Belgium.
SHS Antwerp Aviation is the successor to VLM Airlines N.V., which ceased operations June 22, 2016. In September 2016, SHS Aviation acquired the remaining aircraft and all other assets of VLM Airlines N.V.
6th October 2017
VLM Airlines returns to the legendary route between Antwerp and London City Airport on 30th October
3-4 daily services on weekdays and 2 daily flights on Sundays
Since 1993 Antwerp and London are linked with a direct flight, first by VLM Airlines (from 1993 until 2008) then Cityjet. Earlier this month Cityjet announced that it is to quit its activities on the route with effect from 27th October 2017.
Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport said: “We welcome the return of VLM Airlines to London City to operate this speedy and convenient Antwerp route, which is the only connection between a UK airport to Belgium’s second largest city. The link is particularly valued by frequent flyers on business, and VLM’s commencement of services on 30 October ensures business as usual for passengers.”
The VLM Airlines services between London City Airport and Antwerp will commence on 30th October. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays there will be three daily services in each direction and on Thursdays and Fridays four daily services. On Sundays VLM Airlines will operate two return flights.
VLM Airlines will announce further details about its Winter flying programme 2017-2018.
8th August 2017
VLM Airlines commenced new routes from Maribor to Croatia - First scheduled VLM flights to Split and Dubrovnik
VLM Airlines commenced flying 2 new routes between its Slovenian base in Maribor and two popular Croatian destinations: Split and Dubrovnik. The VLM crew members and passengers that were flying from Maribor to Split were greeted by Mr Saša Pelko, Deputy Mayor of Maribor, Ms Gillian Yeung, Managing Director of SHS Aviation B.V., and Mr Boris Bobek, Director of Edvard Rusjan Maribor Airport.
The scheduled flights from Maribor to Split and Dubrovnik are operated in August on Tuesdays with a Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft.
Parking at Maribor Airport is free of charge for all passengers.
In 2008, VLM was acquired by Air France-VLM via Cityjet and later in 2014, VLM Airlines was sold by the INTRO Group into the management of VLM Airlines.
With ten years of consecutive profit, a record never beaten in Belgian aviation history, and a route network that stretched from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Luxembourg to London, Manchester, and Jersey, the airline at its peak was operating over 500 flights a week from London City Airport making it the No.1 airline operating from the airport.
During this period VLM also won many awards, among them the highly prestigious Regional Airline of the Year. By 2010 the combined airline was carrying over 1 million passengers a year
VLM Operates Fokker 50 aircraft offers an excellent combination of comfort and reliability. The aircraft’s design makes it ideal for VLM charter operations as, due to its superior performance and low noise, it can land at smaller airports which are often located closer to city centres. The cabin configuration allows room for a maximum of 50 passengers and offers ample legroom and leather seating.
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Antwerp International Airport
Antwerp International Airprt is the international airport serving Antwerp and is the home airport for VLM Airlines and CityJet. Jetairfly also fly to and from Antwerp International Airport. The airport has two runaways and can handle nearly 200,000 passengers every year.
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