Airport News

Airline welcomes rail problems

Fri, 04 Jan, 2008

Problems on the rail network have proved to be a real boost for one airline operating flights between Manchester Airport and London City Airport.

Engineering work on the west coast mainline scheduled for completion before the end of the holiday period has overrun and is now unlikely to be finished before January 4th 2008.

The ongoing work means Virgin Trains is only able to operate a restricted service and it has advised the 60,000 passengers it normally transports between Manchester and London on a daily basis to seek other ways of making the journey.

One firm to benefit from the disruption is VLM Airlines, which has noticed an upturn in passenger numbers in recent days.

The airline's managing director Johan Vanneste said: "We are pleased that we have attracted new customers who have been able to experience our fast and convenient service."

VLM claims travelling to London City Airport gives passengers an easier journey into the heart of the capital than from Heathrow, as the Docklands Light Railway takes just 25 minutes to reach the city centre.

Joe Evans

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