MIAMI – The COVID crisis claims yet another airline. Belgian Air Antwerp (WP) has gone out of business, the airline announced at the end of this week.
Air Antwerp flew a single route to London City Airport (LCY). As a scheduled commuter airline, WP could not take advantage of the somewhat recovering leisure travel as its service was focused on business travelers. Since March 2020, the carrier barely operated flights with only a few registered last Autumn.
The London City Route
The Belgian airline was created in 2019 by KLM (KL) in partnership with Irish City Jet (WX), which later opted out, leaving KL as the sole shareholder. Strangely enough, as in the case of Stobart Air (RE), which took over some of Flybe’s (BE) routes after its demise last year, WP inherited the route to LCY left vacant after VLM (VG) ceased operations.
Air Antwerp operated a fleet of a single Fokker 50 configured with a 50-seat cabin. The three daily flights from Antwerp (ANR) to LCY took just over one hour.
The airline was headquartered at Antwerp International Airport (ANR), located in the Province of Antwerp in the Flemish Region of Belgium.
Featured image: Air Antwerp Fokker F50 OO-VLS. Photo: Air Antwerp Press