Belgian regional carrier VLM airlines, has celebrated its inaugural flight to Waterford from Birmingham Airport.
The first scheduled service to the south east of Ireland, which will operate daily returns four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, was greeted into Birmingham with a water-arch salute on arrival.
Arthur White, CEO of VLM Airlines, said: “We are delighted to offer direct services between Birmingham and Waterford four times a week. Not only will this route be attractive to Birmingham’s thriving Irish community, but it will help create more tourist traffic for this stunning part of south east Ireland. Furthermore, Birmingham Airport’s excellent international network will improve global access for businesses in the Waterford region.”
VLM Airlines crew with Tom Screen, head of aviation development at Birmingham Airport (second in from the right).
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport added: “VLM Airlines’ new service to Waterford is a very welcome addition to our network of flights to Ireland and we’re delighted to see this route launch today.
“Offering same day returns, we expect this service to be popular with business travellers, as well as those visiting friends and relatives, due to the strong links that exist between the two regions.”
Welcoming news of the first flight, Dan Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the UK, commented: “As a Waterfordman and a regular visitor to Ireland’s oldest city, I am delighted to learn of the continuation of flights from Birmingham Airport to Waterford Airport. I hope that this new service will encourage more and more people from Britain to sample the attractions of heritage-rich Waterford City and its hinterland – the scenic Copper Coast and Ireland’s Ancient East.”
VLM Airlines will operate the Birmingham – Waterford service, using its fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft.
Tickets are available through www.vlmairlines.com or via tour operators and travel agents.