After an interruption of 12 weeks, due to lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Belgium’s national carrier, Brussels Airlines is set to spread its wings and take to the skies from its hub at Brussels Airport.
According to reports monitored on logupdateafrica.com, the Belgian carrier will resume its commercial flights to 13 out of its 17 African destinations on its long haul network.
From June 22, the airline will restore services to Dakar, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Kinshasa, and Banjul. Monrovia, Abidjan, Accra, Lome, Douala, Cotonou, Kigali, Entebbe, and Yaounde will restart from July. In August, Bujumbura route will be restored.
The company will gradually add destinations to its flight network to reach 59 destinations in 33 countries in Europe, Africa and the US by August.
The offer will gradually be built up from June onwards to reach 240 weekly flights by August, which represents 30 percent of the originally planned summer schedule in Europe and 40 percent of the long haul summer programme.
In Europe, a total of 45 destinations will be served in 20 countries, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, France and Denmark.
On its long haul network, New York JFK will join the schedule again. One new destination that was planned to be inaugurated in March, will join the network during the course of next year Montreal in Canada.
The airline is also offering some important business destinations such as Berlin, Geneva and London.
In the months to come, the company plans to further expand its network beyond the summer.
This schedule will be announced at the beginning of June.
“We are very much looking forward to restarting our activities and welcoming back our guests and part of our staff. We are taking all measures to protect them during their journey with us.
“This summer, we will start small to follow market demand, but we plan to expand our network from September onwards as demand rises again and restrictions are lifted.
“By the end of this year we hope to offer 50 percent of the flight schedule as planned before the coronavirus crisis broke out,” said Dieter Vranckx, CEO, Brussels Airlines.