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Vlm 19 October 2005

    London, 17th October 2005 - from Tuesday 1st November 2005, VLM Airlines is pleased to announce a new daily flight from the Isle of Man to London City Airport and onwards to the heart of Europe, Brussels.

    The introduction of the new service further strength VLM Airlines' position as the key airline partner for many regional communities around the British Isles. VLM Airlines currently offers scheduled flights from Manchester, Liverpool and Jersey to its London City Airport base and onwards throughout Europe. Other cities served by the airline from London City and now connected with the Isle of Man include Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels and Luxembourg. In addition connections are available via London City Airport to other key financial centres including Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris and Zurich.

    The daily schedule (Monday-Friday) has been established for the convenience of the business traveller:

    VG168 departing IOM at 1700 arriving London City at 1820 and Brussels at 2055

    VG161 departing Brussels at 0820 and London City at 0900 arriving IOM at 1015

    David Nye, UK Regional Manager for VLM airlines comments, "We are confident this service will be well received in the Isle of Man, with the community soon realising we are an airline offering competitive pricing, outstanding customer service both on the ground and in the air, as well as being reliable and punctual. The schedule will primarily be tailored to bringing inward business and potential investment to the Island by providing a day return schedule for the London and European markets. We see ourselves as an integral part of helping to further boost the dynamic economy that thrives on the Isle of Man."

    Philip Pain, Isle of Man Airport Director adds, "We are delighted that VLM Airlines has chosen to add the Island to their extensive network and increase our choice of London and European connections. The Island is a significant financial centre and has many synergies with the City of London, whilst the onward connections offered by VLM Airlines to European airports will enable new tourism and business links to be established."

    A point further stressed by Phil Braidwood, Isle of Man Transport Minister, who comments, "VLM Airlines represents an important addition to the Island's range of air services and we welcome their interest in the Isle of Man. The opportunity to further develop onward connections through London City Airport is particularly important for our economic growth."

    In December 2005 the Docklands Light Railway (part of London Transport) will link London City Airport with Bank (in 22 minutes) and Canary Wharf (in 14 minutes). As with London City Airport, Ronaldsway Airport on the Isle of Man is a niche airport offering a wide range of advantages for business travellers including swift embarkation and disembarkation procedures, sufficient parking facilities and above all short check-in times.

    The service will start on 1st November 2005 but bookings can already by made on www.flyvlm.com or via travel agents.

    19th October 2005

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