Air Antwerp obtains AOC licence

Air Antwerp Fokker 50
Air Antwerp's first aircraft, registered as OO-VLS. Photo: © Air Antwerp

Belgian start-up airline Air Antwerp has received its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority and announced its first route.

Similar to its predecessor VLM Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in 2018, Air Antwerp will operate a fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft. The regional airline will be based at Antwerpen’s airport and commence operations with its first route from Antwerpen to London City Airport on September 9.

The obtaining of the AOC is an important milestone in the early history of our airline. (…) Business travellers will finally be able to fly again from the centre of London to Antwerp. Johan Maertens, CEO of Air Antwerp

Air Antwerp has already signed a codeshare agreement with KLM, which is one of two shareholders. In addition to the flag-carrier of the Netherlands, CityJet is the second shareholder with 75%.