VLM Airlines has yesterday, Friday 31 August 2018, entered into liquidation.
The decision was made by the majority shareholder in the airline and has been confirmed on its website.
SHS Aviation B.V., the majority shareholder of the N.V. SHS Antwerp Aviation (VLM), today decided at an extraordinary general assembly to dissolve the Belgian airline and to liquidate it.
Earlier this month it was announced that VLM would discontinue the connections to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cologne-Bonn, Maribor, Munich and Rostock and that VLM would henceforth focus on business charter flights and the Antwerp-London City Airport and Antwerp-Zurich routes. Also the scheduled flights from Antwerp to London City and Zurich are now cancelled.
The settlement takes effect immediately. Youri Steverlynck and Birgitta Van Itterbeek (Monard Law) were appointed as liquidators. They are responsible for the contacts with potential buyers.
SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is a subsidiary of the Dutch investment company SHS Aviation B.V., which is owned 60% by Dutch investors and 40% by Chinese investors. SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is developing airline activities under the trading name ‘VLM’. VLM employs 85 people.
The airline has therefore suspended operations and all future flights are cancelled. VLM flew from London City to Antwerp, a route it inherited from CityJet a little under 12 months ago.
If you do have a future booking with VLM, then the best advice is to contact your credit card company for refund.
The great merry go round of route changes at London City continues.
Skywork Airlines suspends Basel
Skywork Airlines is to withdraw from London City with the suspension of its route to Basel from Sunday 29 October 2017.
Any one with bookings after this date will be entitled to a full refund. Basel will continue to be served by BA from Heathrow, easyJet from Luton and Gatwick and Ryanair from Stansted. The news was confirmed in a press release last week.
VLM returns to London City
On a more positive note, VLM Airlines is to return to London City.
VLM will take over London City – Antwerp from CityJet from Monday 30 October 2017. VLM will fly to Antwerp three times daily Monday – Wednesday, four times daily Thursday – Friday and twice daily on Sundays.
Flights will be operated with a 50 seat Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft.
CityJet has once again reduced further its presence at London City Airport. The airline has suspended its routes from the airport to Antwerp and Florence from Friday 27 October 2017.
This comes on top of suspensions to Nantes and Paris Orly as well as Rotterdam. CityJet will continue to fly to Dublin. It will also fly to Amsterdam in conjunction with KLM, leaving just two regular routes. Its summer seasonal routes to Avignon and Toulon are not currently showing as available for booking in 2018.
CityJet was the only airline to fly between London and Antwerp. Florence is well served by year round flights by BA from London City and summer seasonal from Stansted. Its IAG sibling Vueling also flies to Florence year round from London Gatwick and Luton.
Affected CityJet passengers with bookings after 27 October 2017 on these cancelled routes should contact either CityJet or their travel agent.
Update January 2018
London City – Florence is scheduled to resume daily from Sunday 25 March 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.