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Antwerp Airport ready to welcome more passengers from The Netherlands.
Since the plans for the reintroduction of a ticket tax have been announced by the new Dutch government, Antwerp Airport is preparing an attractive alternative for its the northern neighbors.
Dutch are avid aviation users. In the second quarter of 2017 the number of passengers in the Netherlands increased by 11% compared to the same period last year according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. For several years, Dutch passengers have also increased at Belgian airports. Antwerp Flanders International Airport now presents figures recently obtained from a Master’s thesis at the University of Antwerp *.
Nearly 10% of the total number of passengers at Antwerp Airport is currently from the Netherlands. 71% of this group originates from the south of the Netherlands: the provinces of North Brabant, Zeeland and Limburg. It is striking that 29% of Dutch passengers come from regions that are significantly further located, such as the Randstad and even Friesland.
Why Dutch choose Antwerp
Not entirely unexpected, the most important driving force for Dutch is the price for their flight. 44% of Dutch travelers in Antwerp indicate that the price was the deciding factor for choosing the airport. Important is also the low cost for parking. (Antwerp and Ostend are in the top ten of cheapest parking rates according to recent research from www.vliegveldinfo.nl).
30% of Dutch passengers who choose Antwerp say that accessibility is the most important factor. The wide range of different airports at relatively short distances ensures that passengers in the Benelux and West Germany have a lot of choice.
Antwerp above Eindhoven
When asking which airports qualify when making a choice, Antwerp scores very well. Remarkably, the respondents prefer Antwerp to Eindhoven. 30% of respondents spontaneously choose for Antwerp. The remaining 70%, are subsequently Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Zaventem followed by other airports in the region.
Comparison between September 2017 September 2016
27.758 in September 2017 compared to 24.248 in September 2016 (+14%)
3.256 in September 2017 compared to 3.714 in September 2016 (-12%)
249 ton in September 2017 compared to 212 tons in September 2016 (+18%)
The VLM Airlines services between London City Airport and Antwerp will commence on 30th October.
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays there will be three daily services in each direction and on Thursdays and Fridays four daily services.
On Sundays VLM Airlines will operate two return flights.
Seats can already be booked via the travel agents. Soon the online booking facility will also be available on the new website.
In the following days VLM Airlines will announce further details about its Winter flying programme 2017-2018.
The airports of Ostend-Bruges and Antwerp welcomed a record number of travellers during the summer months of July and August
July and August 2017 counted 53,548 passengers for Antwerp airport, an increase of 21.9% compared to the summer months in 2016. Airport Ostend-Bruges recorded an increase of 27.7% in the summer months July and August compared to the same period in 2016, representing 106,090 passengers.
The increase in the number of passengers is mainly due to the new destinations and additional capacity of TUI flights which are certainly popular with the holidaymakers. The increase for both airports shows that regional airports are gaining importance and that travellers are finding it easier to get to these airports. Affordable parking, fast check-in, easy accessibility and proximity also play an important role in the decision-making process of travellers.
Dirk Van Holsbeke, General Manager TUI says: “Each year we see an increasing enthusiasm for the regional airports of Ostend and Antwerp at TUI. The accessibility, the small scale, the cosy atmosphere and renovated income hall offer a very pleasant and relaxed start for our travellers “
In order to optimize passenger comfort, new departure halls were built earlier this year at both airports. Travellers can now use various food and beverage facilities both before and after security, which further enhances the passenger experience at these airports.
Renewed airports require new websites. After thorough renovation works of the departure halls earlier this year, the websites of Ostend-Bruges and Antwerp airport have now also received an exhaustive metamorphosis.
The new websites have been built to make it as user-friendly as possible for the surfer. The traveler now receives updated flight hours and detailed information about the airport, airlines and destinations. Various handy travel tips can also easily be found on the website, such as information for passengers with reduced mobility, information about luggage allowance and the rights of airline passengers in case of delay or cancellation. Both websites also received an up-to-date photo gallery and a section for statistics.
The websites are available in 3 languages (Dutch, French and English). The look and feel is in line with the overall branding which is also reflected in the renewed signalization at the airports.
Marcel Buelens, CEO Antwerp & Ostend-Bruges Airport, aims to create a more pleasant and comfortable online environment for both airports: “The airports of Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges have seen many positive developments over the past two years, our websites could not be left behind as they are an important link between the users and our company. So I’m very excited to see both websites live today “.
The new websites were developed together with Egis by the agency Rouge Vif in Paris. The websites of the 17 airports that are part of the Egis Airport Operations will eventually all have the same look and feel and structure.
Discover our brand new websites www.ostendairport.aero and www.antwerpairport.aero.
Comparison between August 2017 and August 2016
27.562 in August 2017 compared to 21.812 in August 2016 (+26,3%)
4.103 in August 2017 compared to 3.540 in August 2016 (+26,3%)
241 ton in August 2017 compared to 200 tons in August 2016 (+20%)
For all customers flying to London City – please note that CityJet flights from Antwerp to London City will no longer operate after 27th October 2017.
Passengers who have already booked a flight after this date will receive a refund from CityJet.
Antwerp International Airport apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and is currently looking to find a takeover for this historic route.
Belgian consumer organization rates 178 airports.
Belgian consumer organization Test-Aankoop invited over 11.000 passengers to rate airports they have used for their recent travels. Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges received exceptional ratings for quality.
Among all Belgian airports, the airports situated in Flanders received the highest average scores. Antwerp was even elected into the world’s top 5 after Singapore Changi, Tokyo Narita, Porto and before Doha International Airport. Both airports realized substantial better scores than most airports in the survey, especially in terms of sense of security, signage and security check.
Among the 178 airports worldwide that were rated by travellers, Antwerp International Airport was awarded 4th best, resulting in 5 stars for this airport which is unique for Belgium. The participating passengers assigned 8,2 points for signage, 7,7 for security check and 8,4 for the general sense of safety at Antwerp Airport.
During the yearly Night of the SME’s Flanders (Small and Medium Enterprises) hosted in the Hilton Hotel Antwerpen, Marcel Buelens was rewarded with the “Personality of the Year” award. A total of 7 awards were handed out to enterprises and individuals who made a substantial contribution to the economy (today and tomorrow).
Since Marcel Buelens’ arrival as CEO, Antwerp International Airport has realized an impressive and sustainable passenger growth of +128%, attracted TUI as new client and added many new routes.
Mr. Buelens was elected by the members because of his “enormous efforts to revitalise Antwerp International Airport”.
In his first reaction Marcel Buelens declared: ‘This is a wonderful surprise! I wish to dedicate the trophy to the fantastic staff of Antwerp- and Ostend Airport who put in so much effort -night and day- to develop the regional airports of the future. “
New airline powdair has launched ticket sales through its website powdair.ski with a winter schedule that links Sion Airport with eight airports in the UK, Germany and Belgium.
The skiers airline, based in Sion – the heart of Switzerland’s winter sport region, the Valais, will offer skiers and snowboarders across the UK, Northern Germany and the Benelux Countries the chance to reach some of the world’s most famous winter sports resorts quickly and efficiently.
Flights commence from December 14, 2017 and will significantly cut transfer times to some of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts for winter sports enthusiasts including Zermatt, Verbier, Saas Fee, Crans Montana and Nendaz. A variety of transfer options from Sion Airport to onward destinations are available to book at the point of ticket purchase, including shared and private journeys to the major resorts in the region.
Ticket pricing for powdair will be completely transparent with very little fluctuation across peak dates, meaning that families won’t feel hard done by during the busier school holiday periods – it means booking up fast, but at little or no extra cost than during the non-peak times.
Antwerp – Sion
Monday | 15.00-16.15 | POW467
Wednesday | 15.00-16.15 | POW467
Thursday | 10.25-11.35 | POW467
Friday | 15.00-16.15 | POW467
Sion – Antwerp
Monday | 13.00-14.15 | POW467
Wednesday | 13.00-14.15 | POW467
Thursday | 8.30-9.40 | POW467
Friday | 13.00-14.15 | POW467