Belgian airline VLM has announced it will re-commence flights from Manchester to Antwerp from 1 October.

In addition, the carrier will establish a daily direct flight from Manchester to Ostend-Bruges. The Antwerp service will operate twice a day during the week and once a day on Saturday and Sunday.

VLM originally launched the Manchester-Antwerp route in 2009, but stopped flights when it ran into financial difficulty.

Konstantijn Huys, commercial director of VLM, commented: “We are very happy to re-establish the Manchester-Antwerp route. Antwerp is not only Europe’s second largest seaport and the world’s diamond capital, the city also has the second largest petrochemical cluster in the world after Houston, Texas.”

Marcel Buelens, CEO of Antwerp International and Ostend-Bruges International airports, added: “The new flights to Manchester from both Antwerp and Ostend are a continuation of our intentions to offer as many business destinations as possible from the Flemish regional airports. One should also see the new connections in the context of Brexit and our belief that Britain will remain a good market for Flemish entrepreneurs.”

The airline has also recently re-launched flights between Birmingham and Antwerp.

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