Brussels Airlines prepares itself for a busy summer season. Its fleet will be expanded and additional cabin crew members have been recruited and trained over the past few weeks to realize the summer season expansion plans. Compared to last year Brussels Airlines will operate 2,486 additional flights this summer, good for a total of 400,000 additional seats.
11 new destinations make their debut in this year’s summer schedule: Ajaccio, Athens, Bari, Bastia, Cagliari, Figari, Krakow, Malta, Montpellier, Seville and Warsaw. Several existing routes will have additional flight frequencies, including Catania, Faro, Florence, Lisbon, Madrid, Malaga, Marseille, Palermo, Marrakech and Stockholm Bromma. Like last year, Brussels Airlines also reopens Porto as a summer route. The city bears this year’s title of “Europe’s Best Destination”.
The short- and medium haul network consists of a total of 58 destinations this summer and is further complemented by codeshare destinations operated by partner airlines.
“Next to our well-established offer for the business traveler, we wanted to also increase the attractiveness of our leisure network. With this network expansion, we offer more than ever an excellent range of holiday destinations”,
-- Frédéric Dechamps, Vice President Sales Benelux, Europe and America.
This summer, the Brussels Airlines long-haul network is also further optimized with additional flight frequencies. An additional flight is scheduled to Luanda (Angola) and Bujumbura (Burundi). This brings the number of weekly flights to these destinations to three instead of two. An additional (fifth) weekly flight is scheduled to operate to Nairobi (Kenya). The intercontinental network includes a total of 2 destinations to the United States and 19 destinations to Africa.
Brussels Airlines also plans a lot of charter activity this summer. The airline will operate holiday flights to sunny Mediterranean destinations on behalf of Belgian and foreign tour operators. Their largest customers are Thomas Cook and Club Med. Brussels Airlines also offers holiday flights from French and Swiss airports. In total, 1044 holiday flights are planned for this summer season.