Greater Connections from Waterford airport
A new Birmingham-Antwerp route being started today (Mon, Oct 5) by VLM Airlines will allow passengers flying from Waterford to reach continental Europe more easily.
The VLM Airlines service on the route will operate thrice weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and is scheduled to dovetail with the Waterford-Birmingham route to facilitate convenient transfers at Birmingham.
Passengers leaving Waterford at 11.50am will arrive in Antwerp at 5pm while return flights leave Antwerp at 11.35am and arrive in Waterford at 3pm.
Desmond O’Flynn, CEO, Waterford Airport said: “With this new service from VLM Airlines, those flying from Waterford at around midday can reach Antwerp by late afternoon via Birmingham. Antwerp is a very attractive city for short-breaks but if that’s not their final destination, passengers can then travel by train to Brussels or to numerous other great cities such as Ghent, Liege or even Rotterdam, all of which are within an hour or even less of Antwerp.”
The Airport CEO also revealed details of a recent on-board passenger survey from the Waterford-London Luton and Waterford-Birmingham services operated by VLM Airlines. “Early top-line results from the survey indicate that well over90% of passengers rate the services as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.
“The survey has also revealed that there is a high uptake from repeat customers, some 20% of passengers have used the service more than three times! Also, almost 30% of the passenger traffic to London Luton is for business, showing the importance of connectivity between the southeast region and the greater London area in terms of economic activity.
“Overall, both services have been strong over the summer months, but we still need the region to continue to use and support the two services as much as possible, to ensure growth and development through the winter months and into 2016.”