Brussels Airlines expands Direct Connect options for travel partners

In cooperation with the Lufthansa Group Airlines Brussels Airlines has developed new sales solutions for travel agents and business travel agencies. Several technology providers already offer this “Direct Connect” solution, which allow agencies to book Brussels Airlines tickets and products directly and without DCC.

The Lufthansa Group takes important steps this year to improve and modernize the distribution of its products and fares. Next to the existing GDS sales channels, Lufthansa Group now proposes new direct distribution channels. The aim is to develop new products and fares for partner companies as well as travel trade partners (travel agents, corporate agencies, MICE agencies,…).     

The new channels, which are directly connected to the Lufthansa Group inventory (‘Direct Connect’), do not only offer new technical possibilities, but they are also cheaper, more innovative and allow for better product presentation.

Several IT providers for the travel industry have now decided to offer these Direct Connect technology to travel agencies and corporate agencies. Agencies who use these solutions do not only get full access to the product offer of Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, they also avoid the Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) for their clients, which applies to GDS reservations since 1 September. The travel partners of Brussels Airlines have the choice: continue to use the GDS channels or opt for the new, cheaper and future-proof Direct Connect alternative.


On the website, travel agents find a complete overview of the technology providers who offer these Direct Connect solutions as well as all information about this important technological evolution. This page will be updated regularly as new providers are added.

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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 100 destinations, whereof 23 in Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Besides Africa, Brussels Airlines offers more than 90 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company has over 4,000 employees and 48 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 9 million passengers a year to, via and from Brussels Airport. Thanks to its no compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive fares with the highest service quality.  With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is an ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is part of Eurowings and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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