Brussels Airlines adds Lille to its network in collaboration with bus company

Awaiting direct high-speed rail connections to Brussels Airport, the Belgian home carrier already opts for other available intermodal options to Africa

Brussels, November 23rd, 2023 - As of now, Brussels Airlines offers customers a seamless travel experience between the North of France and Africa on one single ticket. In cooperation with, the airline welcomes Lille to its network and offers smooth connections to its destinations in sub-Saharan Africa. For passengers this means a guaranteed connection and the possibility to collect miles and status on Miles and More for the bus trip. Brussels Airlines wants to expand intermodal options further and keeps on pushing for direct high-speed rail connections to Brussels Airport.

Lille, in the North of France is the newest destination in the Brussels Airlines network. However, the airline didn't add flights to Lille. Passengers travelling from Lille to sub-Saharan Africa can book their ticket on, the first part of their journey will be operated by bus thanks to a collaboration with, the expert in airport coach transfers.

Brussels Airlines aims to expand intermodal travel options to and from Brussels Airport. The airline repeatedly called on governments and railway operators to connect Brussels Airport directly with high-speed connections to Amsterdam, Paris and other cities in the vicinity of Brussels. In the meantime, the airline launches a cooperation with This is in addition to the cooperation Brussels Airlines already has with Benerail, to offer rail connections to the Netherlands.

“Bus and rail connections are essential to strengthen the connectivity of Brussels Airport and Belgium. Thanks to new multimodal travel options, passengers traveling between the North of France and our sub-Saharan African network now have a smooth, direct and more sustainable alternative to travel to Brussels Airport. It is our aim to further expand the multimodal offer with high-speed train connections and further reduce the carbon footprint in our operations.”
Jan Derycke, Head of Network Strategy and Planning, Brussels Airlines

Passengers who book this intermodal ticket can enjoy a seamless travel experience, with a guaranteed connection in Brussels. It will also be possible to collect miles and status through the Miles and More program, also on the segment that is operated by

“ transports people in a reliable, efficient and comfortable way to airports. Doing so, we increase the catchment area of airports and airlines in a sustainable way. This collaboration with Brussels Airlines is an important milestone for us and brings us to the next level of digital integrations with airlines.”
- Paul De Muynck, Country Director Belgium,

Tickets between Lille and 18 destinations in sub-Saharan Africa are bookable as from now on and via travel agencies.

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Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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