Brussels Airlines flies over 9,500 Belgians home from 14 countries

Brussels Airlines flies over 9,500 Belgians home from 14 countries

Given the worldwide coronavirus crisis and the request of the Belgian authorities to all Belgians on vacation to return to Belgium, Brussels Airlines is bringing home more than 9,500 compatriots on 56 repatriation flights.

Brussels Airlines yesterday announced that it temporarily suspends all its scheduled flight operations between 21 March and 19 April, as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Today until Friday, the airline continues to operate a small part of its flight offer, in order to bring compatriots and its flight crews home. On top, the Belgian airline keeps aircraft standby in the days after to repatriate Belgians who are currently abroad, in cooperation with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first flights from Agadir and Marrakesh in Morocco, four in total, landed yesterday with each 180 passengers on board.

At this moment, 56 rescue flights are planned to bring 9,500 Belgians from 14 countries to Brussels, including The Gambia, Morroco, Spain and Portugal. As the situation evolves, Brussels Airlines remains standby for more repatriations flights at the request of the authorities.

Brussels Airlines thanks its cabin and cockpit crew who volunteer to operate these special flights in difficult times, making it possible to bring passengers home.

All Belgians who are currently abroad and are looking to return to Belgium, are requested to register themselves on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - https://travellersonline.diplomatie.be/

 

About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 54 destinations in Europe and 2 in North America. The company employs 3,000 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the six Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

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 one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

More information on brusselsairlines.com 

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