Belgian airline VLM is celebrating their newly launched service to and from Waterford our of Luton and Birmingham airports.
The carrier launched the service on Monday and will operate daily returns four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday into Birmingham.
VLM’s Luton service will operate twice daily from Monday to Friday and run a daily service at the weekend. The airline has already seen significant demand in advance bookings.
“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,” he said.
The route to Waterford is one of 14 new destinations from LLA confirmed for 2015. LLA is seeing record passenger growt, as figures from March showed an 18.6 per cent increase compared with the same month last year.
To accomodate demand, LLA is investing over £100 million to redevelop the Airport, including a complete redesign of the terminal and improved transport links.
The investment will also increase capacity from 12 million to 18 million passengers per year by 2026.
Neil Thompson, Operations Director at LLA, said: “We are delighted to welcome VLM to London Luton Airport and the return of this popular route to Waterford is great news for passengers.”
Arthur White, CEO of VLM Airlines, said: “our new Waterford-London Luton service provides the most convenient link between south east Ireland and the London region.
“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.
“We are making Waterford highly accessible for London’s Irish community and leisure travellers drawn to this beautiful part of rural Ireland.
“Meanwhile, London Luton’s superb onward connections provide invaluable access for Irish businesses to international markets.”
Tickets are available through www.vlmairlines.com or via tour operators and travel agents.