Brussels Airlines expands its winter offer with Riga, Krakow and Warsaw

Brussels Airlines expands its winter offer with Riga, Krakow and Warsaw

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Brussels Airlines announces three newcomers in its autumn and winter program, which opens on 26 October: Riga, Krakow, Warsaw. Other destinations are updated with more frequencies or improved timetables. At Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines opens a new lounge in October and thanks to four new travel options for European flights, passengers are now offered even better value for money.

This winter, Brussels Airlines will operate no less than 1,278 short and medium haul flights and 152 long haul flights per week. Flight times are all adapted to the travel trends of Brussels Airlines’ passengers and the connecting time between flights has improved. In comparison with 2013-2014 winter offers, the 2014-2015 winter season, starting on October 26th, offers many novelties for the European and long haul flights.

Short and medium haul flights

The big newcomer on the short haul network is Riga. With Riga Brussels Airlines adds one of the most attracting North European cities to its network. Riga became thanks to its impressive Art Nouveau / Jugendstil architecture, former Hanseatic town and effervescent cultural life a quickly growing tourist attraction. The capital of Latvia, Riga is the country’s economic and political heart and one of the key locations of the Baltic region. Latvia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015. This will increase considerably passenger traffic between Riga and the European capital. Therefor Brussels Airlines will set course six times per week in the afternoon to Riga International Airport.

Warsaw and Krakow, two destinations that Brussels Airlines launched this summer, will also be part of the winter schedule. The Polish capital Warsaw is served 13 times a week and the touristic city Krakow four times a week.

For other destinations, the flight offer will be optimized. Flight frequencies to Tel Aviv are increased during the winter season, bringing the total number of Brussels Airlines flights to ten instead of eight times weekly. During several months this winter a fourth daily flight will be offered to Madrid. The Moroccan winter sun will be accessible more often this winter thanks to a second weekly flight to Marrakech during several winter months.

Flight frequencies will also be added to Budapest, Geneva, Vilnius and Hannover flights. To Bologna, flights will not only take off four times a week in the afternoon, but also three times a week in the evening. Flight schedules to and from London Heathrow are also optimized in order to offer even better connections with other destinations via Brussels Airport. All flights from and to London are operated from the brand new Queens terminal

Long-haul flights

Compared to last winter season, this winter Brussels Airlines will fly more frequently to six African destinations.

Cameroonian destinations Douala and Yaoundé will get an extra weekly flight connection; starting at the end of  October they will be directly connected with Brussels Airport six and five times a week. Angola’s capital Luanda will be served three times instead of two times a week.

Brussels Airlines will also expand its presence in East-Africa. Starting on October 26th Nairobi will be offered four times a week (two additional weekly flights). The Rwandese capital Kigali and Burundi’s capital Bujumbura will both get an additional weekly flight frequency. Flights to Kigali will be operated 5 times a week and to Bujumbura three times a week.

During the busy Christmas period flight frequencies to other African destinations will be temporarily increased.

Brussels Airlines continues to fly daily to New York JFK. Flights to Washington will be interrupted during the winter season but will return in spring, with new timetables.

On board & on the ground

Also on board numerous novelties are waiting to be discovered. Brussels Airlines now offers four travel options for flights within Europe: Check&Go, Light&Relax, Flex&Fast and Bizz&Class. Return tickets to all destinations can be booked via www.brusselsairlines.com as from 69 euro (Check&Go). On intercontinental flights, guests can from now on watch the news thanks to a cooperation with Euronews.

This autumn, a brand new Brussels Airport lounge will open its doors at Brussels Airport, offering more comfort and a new digital experience to passengers.

Fleet

This winter Brussels Airlines operates a fleet of 8 Airbus 330 long-haul aeroplanes, 22 Airbus A 320/319 planes and 12 AVRO RJ airplanes. In addition, 4 regional aircraft are operated by partner airlines, in name of Brussels Airlines.