Chalair finally gets Antwerp underway
Chalair links Hamburg to Antwerp, replacing VLM Airlines.
- Chalair made its maiden flight from Hamburg (HAM) to Antwerp (ANR) on 29 August, as the French regional airline launched the route with nine weekly flights on its 19-seat Beechcraft 1900s. The 462-kilometre sector returns to theGerman airport’s network after Belgian carrier VLM Airlines had suspended flights on the route on 22 June as a consequence of the company’s insolvency. Initially Chalair had intended to start the route on 11 July, but decided to wait until after the summer break, when business travellers – the critical component in this market ‒ would be flying again. “We are delighted that we could acquire a new airline for the Hamburg – Antwerp route so quickly. With Chalair, we have a reliable partner to continue operations to this popular business destination,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. No other airline flies the city pair.