Brussels Airlines grows African network, cuts Mumbai

posted on 18th September 2018 by Justin Burns
Brussels Airlines grows African network, cuts Mumbai

Brussels Airlines continues to invest and focus on in its position in the African market by further reinforcing its route network to and from the continent.

As of 7 January next year, the airline adds three extra flights per week to Banjul (Gambia) and will operate three out of the seven weekly frequencies to Dakar (Senegal) as a direct flight, without a stop in another African airport.

At the same time, the airline ceases 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 four times a week. From the seven weekly flights to and from Dakar, three 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 6 January for economic reasons, as said 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 four times a week and as of February a three-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.