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Air Antwerp ceases operations as victim of pandemic

Belgian regional carrier Air Antwerp as gone out of business.

The airline operated a single 50-seat Fokker 50 aircraft between Antwerp and London City airport with up to three flights a day prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Air Antwerp, established in May 2019, also operated a codeshare with KLM.

It was founded following the collapse of fellow Belgian airline VLM with a focus on business travellers, launching flights to London City in September 2019.

The airline tweeted on Friday: ”Sincerest thanks to our loyal customers, suppliers, @antwerpairport, @lcyairport and our colleagues for your tremendous support these two years. It was an honour to serve you. Farewell.”

A spokesperson said: “The board of directors of Air Antwerp has therefore decided to completely halt the operational activities of the regional carrier and dissolve the company.

“The first six months went very well and, until the start of the corona period, the airline was perfectly in line with its business plan.”

Flights resumed for a short period from September last year until the second wave of the pandemic hit.

“The very limited number of current bookings will be refunded and contracts with all suppliers  will be terminated by mutual agreement,” the spokesperson told Belgian website aviation24.be.

The failure coincided with the collapse of Aer Lingus franchise airline Stobart Air, leaving passengers looking for alternative flights connecting Ireland and Northern Ireland with the UK mainland.

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