Brussels Airlines doubles flight frequency to Monrovia and Freetown

Reopening of crew base in Monrovia

Starting today, Brussels Airlines operates four instead of two flights per week to Monrovia (Liberia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone). “We have always continued our flights to these West-African countries during the Ebola crisis and with the increase of our flight offer, we want to actively contribute to the very necessary economic and social revival of the region”, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin.

With today’s flight SN243, Brussels Airlines’ new schedule for flights to Monrovia and Freetown commences. Henceforth, the airline operates flights to both countries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. With the increased flight frequencies, Brussels but also other Brussels Airlines destinations (in the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia) are now even more accessible.

The frequency increase is good news for travelers, but also for the freight forwarders who now have more capacity available to ship cargo on board the Airbus A330 aircraft of Brussels Airlines. 

Last week, Liberia was declared Ebola-free. Two incubation periods have passed (42 days) since the last Ebola patient tested negative, and no new cases were reported since then. Sierra Leone, however, has not been declared Ebola-free yet, but the number of cases is decreasing. Both countries are working intensively on rebuilding their economy, so Brussels Airlines has decided to contribute to this goal, too.

“In difficult operational circumstances we continued flying to both countries. With our Africa is not Ebola initiative we wanted to raise awareness towards a broad audience. It is crucial that we prevent that the entire African continent is being put aside because three out of more than 50 countries are going through a severe health crisis. We assume our responsibility now that both international and local projects are being established in order to help Monrovia and Sierra Leone recover economically and socially. One of the basic conditions of growth is easy access to a country, and with the increase of our flight offer we want to contribute actively to that.”  

-- Bernard Gustin, CEO Brussels Airlines 

 

As from today the Brussels Airlines crew will again have their night stops in Liberia after one year of absence, which strongly demonstrates the confidence the airline has in the country. “We thank the entire Brussels Airlines staff for the very professional manner in which they enabled our flight operations during the Ebola crisis”, says Bernard Gustin.  The CEO has joined the crew today on their flight to Monrovia, as a flight attendant, to show his gratitude towards the crew, but also towards the local Brussels Airlines staff in Africa. “We carry Africa in our hearts, which is proven once again today.”

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About Brussels Airlines

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 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 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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