BRUSSELS AIRLINES ANNOUNCES MORE INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA NETWORK
(Posted 18th September 2018)
Brussels Airlines had confirmed that the airline will launch a brand new business class cabin, a separate premium economy class cabin and an enhanced economy class cabin from late 2018 with the entire 10 aircraft Airbus A330 fleet progressively featuring the new cabin interior – and other improvements too.
The airlines also continues to invest in its position on the African market, by further reinforcing its flight offer to and from the continent.
As of next year, the airline adds 3 extra flights per week to Banjul (Gambia) and will operate 3 out of the 7 weekly frequencies to Dakar (Senegal) as a direct flight, without a stop in another African airport.
At the same time, the airline will cease its operations to and from Mumbai, but continues to offer its customers smooth travel options via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich with Lufthansa Group partners Lufthansa and SWISS.
After a network expansion of 26 short- and medium-haul destinations this summer, Brussels Airlines invests further in its African long-haul network in winter. The airline will service Banjul (The Gambia) daily instead of 4 times a week. From the 7 weekly flights to and from Dakar, 3 flights will become direct flights, without a stop in another African airport from 7 January onwards, creating more capacity on the flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Brussels Airlines’ Mumbai flights, which were launched in March 2017, will be stopped on January 6 for economic reasons, as the route does not deliver the anticipated results. At the same time, passengers still have ample alternative travel options via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich thanks to Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa and SWISS. The Mumbai flight capacity will be used to refocus on Africa, the core intercontinental business of Brussels Airlines.
Customers who had booked flights to or from Mumbai after 6 January are being contacted by Brussels Airlines and are offered alternative travel solutions to get to their final destination.
On the short-haul network, Brussels Airlines adds two new destinations: as from October Kiev (Ukraine) will be served 4 times a week and as of February a 3-weekly service to Wroclaw (Poland) will be launched. Furthermore the airline adds additional frequencies to existing destinations this winter season, including Alicante, Billund, Bordeaux, Faro, Geneva, Lisbon, Malaga and Tel Aviv.
Brussels Airlines is also making a significant investment this winter in its long-haul product and overall on board experience by gradually renewing the cabins of its ten Airbus A330 aircraft, launching a brand new Business Class, a renewed Economy Class and for the first time a Premium Economy Class in a separate cabin. The first refurbished aircraft will be ready in December.
New destinations starting in Winter 2018-2019:
- Kiev 4x/week (as of October 2018) – all-year destination
- Wroclaw 3x/week (as of Feb 2019) – all-year destination
Additional frequencies as from Winter Season (starting on 29 October)
- Alicante +1/week
- Billund +2/week
- Bordeaux +1/week
- Faro +1/week
- Geneva +1/week
- Lisbon +1/week
Long Haul (changes effective as from 7 January)
- Banjul +3/week (daily service)
- Dakar: remains daily service but 3 times direct
Brussels Airlines serves Entebbe in Uganda with daily flights, one of the seven frequencies routing via Bujumbura in Burundi while the remaining six flights route via Kigali in Rwanda.
(Brussels Airlines Winterseason 2018/19 route network)