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KLM, CityJet establish Air Antwerp; applies for Belgian AOC

Air Antwerp, a start-up scheduled carrier backed by capital from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and CityJet, has applied for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Belgium's Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport.

The company's representatives staged a presentation on May 20, saying they initially planned to link Antwerp with three destinations including London City and hoped to lure a number of former employees of VLM Airlines (Antwerp), which ceased operations in August 2018, The Brussels Times reported. They did not name the other two destinations.

KLM and CityJet have raised starting capital of EUR61,500 euro (USD68,500), 25% from KLM, 75% from CityJet, to launch regional flights this autumn with a single Fokker 50, the same aircraft type that was used by VLM to fly to destinations in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany.

The two partners want to feed traffic from the southern Netherlands which they cannot reach with their own larger aircraft, a spokesman told the Dutch newspaper HLN. “This is equipment that the two companies do not have. With...

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