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VLM airline scraps Manchester to London City route

Belgian-based VLM has ended services between Manchester and London City Airport.

The airline, part of Air France/ KLM group also flies to both Antwerp and Rotterdam from Manchester, but those services have not been affected.

A spokesman confirmed: “The route has been heavily loss-making and, in these tough economic conditions, we are impeded by unfair competition from a subsidised rail network and airline ticket taxes that often make up over 50 per cent of the overall fare....

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