VLM airlines: duikvlucht begonnen?

DuikvluchtLuchtvaartmaatschappij VLM Airlines heeft eind mei van de Antwerpse rechtbank van koophandel bescherming gekregen tegen schuldeisers. Maar donkere wolken pakken zich samen boven VLM… De maatschappij zal met ingang van 16 juni de lijn Waterford-London Luton. De lijn was vrij populair door mensen die naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk uit het zuidoosten van Ierland wilden vliegen.

Waterford Today van woensdag 8 juni 2016: “Desmond O’Flynn, CEO, Waterford Airport said: “We are obviously very disappointed at this decision and appreciate that it will have an impact on the travel plans of many people who had intended flying on the route during the busy summer period.

Indeed, more than 45,000 people flew on the Birmingham and London Luton routes operated by VLM Airlines since they commenced in April 2015. Air access to the UK and, especially, the greater London area remains the number one priority for Waterford Airport given the importance of this connectivity to the southeast region’s economy.With this in mind, we will spare no effort to attract an alternative carrier to service the Waterford-London route which has a strong and proven track record spanning more than 30 years.”

Door het opstappen van VLM Airlines verliest Waterford Airport haar enige lijndienst. Eerder al werd ook de verbinding naar Birmingham geschrapt. Pikant detail: Waterford Airport staat nog steeds in de rij voor miljoenen euro’s aan belastinggeld om haar startbaan uit te breiden – ondanks het feit dat er geen lijnvluchten meer plaats vinden.

Lees met ons mee: de Independent van 9 juni 2016: “Mr Halligan said the total cost of the extension is likely to be between €20m and €25m. The hope is that jet aircraft, such as the Boeing 737, would then be able to use the airport, increasing its attractiveness.

Currently, the runway can only handle smaller aircraft such as turboprops, which carry about 50 people. But Hamish Davidson, the chief executive of VLM, told the Irish Independent that he does not believe there is sufficient demand in the area for services that would use larger aircraft.

“Waterford is close enough to Dublin and Cork, so the catchment area will always be sort of limited,” he said. “We would not see a potential for 100-seater aircraft, but the 50-seater could serve nicely over summertime.” He said VLM cancelled its Waterford services because it’s losing pilots to airlines operating jets.” Zo hoort men het eens van een ander…

 

 

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