From a low key beginning in 1993 with its inaugural Antwerp – London City Airport route, to the time of its sale in 2008 to Air France – KLM, VLM Airlines had become Belgium’s most commercially successful airline. With ten years of consecutive profit, a record never beaten in Belgian aviation history, and a route network that stretched from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Luxembourg to London, Manchester, and Jersey, the airline at its peak was operating over 500 flights a week from London City Airport making it the No.1 airline operating from the airport. During this period VLM also won many awards, among them the highly prestigious Regional Airline of the Year. In 2008 the airline was acquired by Air France-KLM via Cityjet and VLM’s fleet was re-liveried in Cityjet colours. By 2010 the combined airline was carrying over 1 million passengers a year.
In 2014, VLM Airlines became part of the INTRO Group. INTRO Aviation GmbH is a family-owned company and part of the INTRO Group, which has over 40 years of aviation experience. VLM Airlines continued to grow a substantial charter business based at Antwerp International Airport, which has shown dramatic growth year on year. In November 2014, VLM Airlines was sold by the INTRO Group to the management of VLM Airlines. As a truly independent airline, VLM Airlines will continue to offer ACMI & Charter services alongside scheduled services.