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Thursday, March 15, 2007

VLM Airlines today (Wednesday 14th March) celebrated a significant milestone by clocking up the 500,000th passenger on its burgeoning Manchester-London City service. The half-million milestone comes following a recent increase in the frequency of services on the route to nine return flights each weekday, together with the introduction of new routes from Manchester to Antwerp and last month to Rotterdam.

The airline's half-millionth passenger on the route was Mr Craig Proctor, who was travelling on business on its convenient 0930 departure to London City. He was congratulated by Paul Fallows, VLM Airlines' Sales Manager, UK, and presented with a bottle of champagne and a generous number of points for Encore, the carrier's frequent flyer programme.

Johan Vanneste, Managing Director of VLM Airlines, says: "We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone today. Manchester - London City is one of the most important routes in our expanding network and has grown consistently since its introduction."

He added: "Manchester forms an important part of our growth plans and with 13 flights each weekday to three destinations we aim to retain our position as a carrier of choice for business and leisure travellers in the north-west."

VLM Airlines commenced operations from Manchester in September 2002, with two flights each weekday, and as passenger demand has grown, so the number of services has been increased. Less than five years later, customers in the north-west now have a choice of nine return flights each weekday, with two flights each Sunday and one on Saturdays. At London City, passengers can make quick and convenient connections to other points on the airline's network including Luxembourg and Amsterdam.

At the same time, the carrier has expanded its base of operations at Manchester, responding to passenger demand by introducing non-stop services direct from the north-west to mainland Europe. In October 2006 it commenced a non-stop service from Manchester to Antwerp, and in February 2007 to Rotterdam. Passengers have a choice of two flights each weekday on both these routes, along with a flight every Sunday.

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About VLM Airlines
VLM Airlines commenced operations in 1993. It currently offers over 100 flights per weekday to and from London City Airport, more than any other carrier, to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Groningen, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Liverpool, Luxembourg, Manchester and Rotterdam. Direct flights are also offered from Manchester to Rotterdam and Antwerp, and from Rotterdam to Hamburg.

During the summer direct flights are operated from Rotterdam to Jersey and Guernsey. VLM Airlines also organises charter flights to various European destinations. In January 2006, VLM Airlines was named Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine. For information and reservations, contact a travel agent, or VLM Airlines on 0871 666 5050 or at www.flyvlm.com

For more information contact:

John Butters
at Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506434
E-Mail: jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


Charlie Hampton/Michelle Williams
at Bell Pottinger Public Relations
Telephone: 020 7861 2431/46
E-Mail: champton@bell-pottinger.co.uk


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