Brussels Airlines struggles with long haul destination rollout due to continued destination lockdowns

GOVERNMENT LOCKDOWNS BLAMED FOR DELAY IN RELAUNCH OF LONG HAUL DESTINATIONS TO THE US AND AFRICA

(Posted 03rd July 2020)

Brussels Airlines launched its flight schedule for September and October, offering more destinations and extra frequencies on both leisure and corporate routes.
During these months, the Belgian airline will operate 45% of its normal schedule with 27 aircraft. Due to ongoing travel restrictions in destination countries like the US and across Africa, the relaunch of Brussels Airlines’ long-haul operations – originally planned for June 22nd, has been delayed until August.

Adapted to the market demand and ongoing travel restrictions, the new Brussels Airlines network for September and October includes a range of holiday destinations as well as corporate ones. The airline adds frequencies to the already relaunched destinations and adds the following destinations to its network map:

Medium-haul:

  • Basel
  • Birmingham
  • Bologna
  • Edinburgh
  • Goteborg
  • Milan Linate
  • Warshaw

Long-haul:

  • Freetown (August)

Following the extension of travel restrictions outside of Europe, the relaunch of the Belgian airline’s long-haul operations has been delayed and is now planned for August and remains subject to governmental approval. On top of the long-haul destinations that were planned to launch as communicated in May, the airline also aims to add Freetown to its network in August.

While the market demand for air travel slowly increases, the airline recognizes the uncertainty that passengers experience these days. Brussels Airlines guests can therefore continue to count on extra flexibility for rebooking. If passengers are unable to travel or prefer to change their travel plans, they can enjoy a free rebooking to a later date before 31st of December 2021 and even change their destination. Guests do not need to contact Brussels Airlines immediately as they have the time until 31st of January 2021 to let the airline know on what date and where to they want to travel. Find out more.

Uganda is among the affected countries, following the continued lockdown of the international airport in Entebbe to where the initial flight resumption was planned for the 14th of July.

The service was to start up again with three flights per week, routing from Brussels via Kigali to Entebbe and back to Brussels and a fourth flight was planned for September when an additional service, routing via Bujumbura to Entebbe was to follow.

In the absence of Uganda having made any concrete announcements as to an opening date, will flight resumption now have to wait until such time, that the airport has been formally opened before any further planning takes place.

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