Robert Piltz, Manager Traffic Development at Hamburg Airport greeted the flight crew of the inaugural Chalair flight from the German airport to Antwerp on 29 August. The route was planned to start on 11 July, but the French regional airline decided to wait for the return of business traffic.
- Chalair made its maiden flight from Hamburg (HAM) to Antwerp (ANR) on 29 August, as the French regional airline launched the route with nine weekly flights on its 19-seat Beechcraft 1900s. The 462-kilometre sector returns to theGerman airport’s network after Belgian carrier VLM Airlines had suspended flights on the route on 22 June as a consequence of the company’s insolvency. Initially Chalair had intended to start the route on 11 July, but decided to wait until after the summer break, when business travellers – the critical component in this market ‒ would be flying again. “We are delighted that we could acquire a new airline for the Hamburg – Antwerp route so quickly. With Chalair, we have a reliable partner to continue operations to this popular business destination,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. No other airline flies the city pair.