VLM Airlines will from Janaury 12 operate flights between London City Airport and Eindhoven, with two services every weekday and a daily flight on Sundays.
The route was previously flown by CityJet, VLM Airlines's partner airline. VLM Airlines specialises in offering flights between the British capital and major cities in the Benelux countries, and in addition to Eindhoven, the airline offers flights from London to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Luxembourg and Rotterdam.
Eindhoven Airport is the second largest airport in the Netherlands and welcomed 1.6 million passengers in 2008. Thanks to the convenient flight schedule, passengers travelling with VLM Airlines from London can spend a full working day in the Eindhoven area, travelling back in the same day, therefore avoiding the need to spend money on expensive hotel accommodation. The same is true for businessmen who travel with VLM Airlines from Eindhoven to London.
Johan Vanneste, Managing Director of VLM Airlines, who travelled on today's inaugural flight, said: "The Netherlands is traditionally a very important market for VLM Airlines. Market studies have shown that the new route from Eindhoven will not impact on our other routes in the region.
"By departing from and flying to Eindhoven, travellers to the East of Belgium and the Netherlands are able to avoid the regular traffic jams in the regions of Antwerp, Brussels and Rotterdam, enabling them to considerably reduce their overall travel time between the centre of London and their final destination. The route is also an attractive alternative for people travelling to North Rhine-Westphalia. No high-speed train is able to compete with this convenient air link."
Economy Class passengers can enjoy complimentary light meals on board all flights, along with coffee and tea served on real china and a choice of alcoholic beverages. Business Class passengers enjoy a range of additional benefits including enhanced meals, newspapers, fully flexible tickets and increased baggage allowance. The flights are operated with Fokker 50 aircraft, which are equipped with comfortable leather seats. The flight duration is 75 minutes.
Timetable (local time)
London City Airport - Eindhoven
Depart: 8.30 AM Arrive: 10.45 AM (Monday - Friday)
Depart: 6.20 PM Arrive: 8.35 PM (daily except Saturdays)
Eindhoven - London City Airport
Depart: 7.45 AM Arrive: 8.00 AM (Monday - Friday)
Depart: 5.35 PM Arrive: 5.50 PM (daily except Saturdays)
VLM Airlines offers convenient travel connections from Eindhoven to Jersey and Manchester via London City Airport.
A one-way trip Eindhoven - London City in Economy Class costs from EUR 91, including airport charges and fees. For more information and reservations, call 0871 666 50 50 (UK), contact a travel agent or visit www.flyvlm.com.