Air Antwerp suspended operations on June 11, 2021. (Bankruptcy)
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The Belgian airline Air Antwerp suspended operations on June 11, 2021. The company operated a single 50-seat Fokker 50 aircraft between Antwerp and London City Airport. There were three daily flights before the Covid-19 pandemic. Air Antwerp, established in May 2019, has also concluded a code-sharing agreement with KLM.
The company was founded following the collapse of the Belgian airline VLM, with a focus on business travel, launching flights to London in September 2019. A company spokesman said: "The board of directors of Air Antwerp has therefore decided to completely suspend the operational activities of the regional carrier and to dissolve the company. The first six months went very well and, until the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the airline was in line with the business plan. "
The flights resumed for a short time, from September last year until the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic. "The very limited number of current bookings will be reimbursed, and contracts with suppliers will be terminated by mutual agreement."
The failure also coincided with the collapse of the franchise airline, Aer Lingus Stobart Air. Thus, passengers have to look for alternative flights connecting Ireland and Northern Ireland with the British mainland.