Antwerp airport welcomes first flight from SkyAlps

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Italian airline SkyAlps operated its first flight from Antwerp Airport on Wednesday 21 December. SkyAlps will fly to Bozen/Bolzano, Italy, three times a week until mid-April.

On Wednesday at 16.15, SkyAlps’ first flight landed at Antwerp airport. The plane was welcomed twith a perfectly choreographed water salute by the airport fire brigade.

In the terminal, arriving and departing passengers were welcomed by Wim Verbist (Airport Commander) and Stephen Marnef (Station Manager SkyAlps).

Wim Verbist (Airport Commander): “We are grateful to SkyAlps for choosing and trusting our airport. There has been a demand for flights from Antwerp to Italy for a long time now. Thanks to the launch of SkyAlps, travellers will be able to fly to the Italian Dolomites three times a week.

The opening of this route by our new partner is a very positive signal for Antwerp Airport. “Antwerp Airport aims to welcome more than 310,000 passengers a year by 2025. Today we are already on the right track. After two difficult years, we welcomed just over 240,000 passengers again this year. That is an increase of 70% compared to last year. Therefore, the opening of this new route is fantastic news for our airport and travellers“, Verbist continued.

Stephen Marnef (SkyAlps): “We are delighted to open our route from Antwerp to Bolzano today officially. In less than two hours you can fly from Antwerp to Bolzano. That’s five times faster than by car, and therefore more time to get on the slats.”

Your holiday starts on board with SkyAlps,” Marnef continues. “We have partnered with 25 wine producers in South Tyrol and offer 28 different top wines on board. These can be perfectly paired with all kinds of delicacies from the region. So en route, you can get a taste of what South Tyrol has to offer without paying extra for it.”

Good occupancy rate

At 17.05, the first flight left for Bolzano. On board were around 40 enthusiastic travellers. “We already see a nice occupancy rate for the first flight today. We are confident that this number will increase in the following weeks. Both our airport and that of Bolzano and SkyAlps itself, are pushing hard for passenger comfort. Something that is greatly appreciated by many travellers,” Verbist concludes.

Fuel efficiënt aircraft

The flights are operated with a De Havilland Dash DHC-8-Q400 that seats 78 passengers. The Dash DHC-8 Q400 aircraft is an extremely fast turboprop aircraft that can cover short distances almost as fast as a regional turbojet. On top of that, it is also a very fuel-efficient aircraft. With a consumption of 2.3 litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres, its consumption and CO2 emissions are as much as 40% below the European average. The Italian airline also makes it possible to offset your CO2 emissions when making a booking.

Thursday 22 December 2022

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