An Aberdeen flight route has been cancelled just 88 days after it took off.
VLM introduced journeys between Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) and Antwerp in June but the airline has now contacted disappointed passengers to cancel bookings as it ditches the route.
A spokesman said the last flight left AIA yesterday, with the travel hub saying it was “very disappointed”.
The firm announced in April direct journeys would run between the cities each Monday from June 4. It also launched Wednesday and Friday flights, with a 30-minute transfer in Birmingham.
In April, VLM chiefs said they were aiming the route at oil workers, as Antwerp is the world’s second largest petrochemicals hub, behind Houston.
However, the route has not proved viable and a VLM spokesman said it was one of seven routes the firm had ended as it has switched its focus to charter flights.
A total of 200 bookings have been cancelled on those routes.
“We only recently started the route and it was the developmental stage,” said the spokesman.
He added: “Unfortunately, we have taken the decision to end the route as of August 31 and we have contacted a small number of passengers who have booked flights to give them refunds.”
VLM staff are not affected by the decision, said the spokesman.
AIA’s route development manager Lynn Harwood said: “VLM Airlines has withdrawn the Aberdeen to Antwerp service following a review of its wider European route network.
“Anyone scheduled to travel beyond the end date will be contacted directly by the airline for a refund. We are very disappointed to lose the Antwerp service but passengers should be aware that we are fully committed to strengthening our route network and will strive to bring alternative destinations to Aberdeen International Airport.”
One customer, Naomi Reid, 27, of Cove, said: “I was due to fly out in October after taking advantage of the route launch prices in April. It’s yet another blow for our local airport.”
She added: “There will be three of us travelling and, though we have a refund, it has cost me a lot to rebook flights with KLM to Amsterdam and book a train onwards to Antwerp.
“We had already booked accommodation so it was a choice between cancelling or forking out more money. It’s very disappointing.”