On 19 May 2019, Travel Magazine revealed the name of a new airline in development: Air Antwerp, which hopes to fly from the 2nd busiest Belgian city as from Autumn 2019.
The new airline expects be the “successor” of VLM Airlines, which went into liquidation in August 2018.
Air Antwerp has its headquarters at Deurne, and its shareholders are KLM and CityJet, for a capital of €61,500, of which KLM has one quarter and the Irish airline three quarters.
The airline requested its AOC to the Belgian CAA, hoping to fly as from Automn 2019, using a Fokker F50, to 3 destinations, including London City Airport.
It also hopes to attract some ex-VLM employees, as they got the same type of aircraft.
The Directors of Air Antwerp are Willem Alexander Hondius (Senior Advisor Alliance Development at KLM) and Johan Maertens, to be the airline’s new CEO, as he has a certain experience from when he was the CEO of VLM Airlines Antwerp.