Brussels Airlines kicks off the summer season with 9 new destinations

Brussels Airlines continues its growth pace in 2016. The aviation summer season, which begins on March 27, starts with a new long-haul destination, eight new European routes and a frequency increase to existing destinations.

Brussels Airlines significantly increases its flight offer during the summer season 2016. During a standard summer week, an average of 815 European flights and 95 international flights will be operated by 50 aircraft. The network now consists of 72 European, 19 African and 3 North American destinations. This network expansion creates a larger choice for the customer, on top of the even more flexibility that is offered thanks to the introduction of attractive one-way fares. What’s more, with Brussels Airlines’ new loyalty program ‘LOOP’, travelers can earn rewards even faster.


Long haul network


Toronto is Brussels Airlines’ recent destination in the long-haul offer. Toronto is the capital of the Canadian province Ontario with more than 2,6 million inhabitants which makes Toronto the most populated city in the country. Toronto and Lake Ontario region is the business and financial heart of Canada. The city has a vibrant cultural life and a lot to offer to tourists. The impressive 553-meter-high CN Tower, the aquarium, the Eaton shopping, the Distillery District, the Zoo, Canada's Wonderland amusement park, Royal Ontario Museum and the nearby Niagara Falls are definitely worth a visit.

Toronto is also home to Brussels Airlines' Star Alliance partner Air Canada which enables travelling from Toronto to numerous other destinations in Canada including Halifax, Ottawa, Edmonton, Quebec, Montreal Metropolitan and Vancouver. Moreover, seamless connections to the United States are also possible via Toronto


Frequency increase

In order to enable the launch of Toronto, Brussels Airlines adds a 9th Airbus A330 to its fleet at the end of March. The flight offer to some existing intercontinental destinations will also be extended during the summer:

Washington (US)                6 flights / week (+ 1 freq.)

Kigali (Rwanda)                  6 flights / week (+ 1 freq.)

Entebbe (Uganda)               5 flights / week (+ 1 freq.)


Innovations and further growth in Europe

Brussels Airlines’ European flight offer includes no less than 8 new destinations.

Belfast, besides being a fascinating city trip destination, is also the gateway to the beautiful landscapes of Northern Ireland. It is the first time Belfast is added to the Star Alliance network. With Jerez de la Frontera, Brussels Airlines adds the Costa de la Luz region to the network and with Tenerife and Las Palmas, the airline gives access to the most popular Canary Islands. Brussels Airlines also starts flights to Bavaria in Germany thanks to the opening of the second largest city Nuremberg, which is also perfect for city trips. The flight offer to France is enlarged with the addition of the coastal city of Nantes (Loire Valley region).

Finally, Heraklion (Crete) and Thessaloniki,two very popular Greek destinations, are added to the network for the first time.

New destinations in 2016

Belfast / Northern Ireland              5 flights / week

Jerez / Andalusia                         2 flights / week

Las Palmas / Canary Islands          2 flights / week

Tenerife / Canary Islands              2 flights / week

Nuremberg / Germany                  6 flights / week

Nantes / France                           12 flights / week

Heraklion / Crete                         2 flights / week

Thessaloniki / Greece mainland       2 flights / week

Fleet renewal

4 AVRO RJ100 aircraft which are currently used for regional flights will be replaced by three Airbus A319 and two Airbus A320.

Thanks to the Airbus A319 aircraft, with a capacity of 141 seats, the seat offer increases by almost 50 percent. Several destinations currently operated with A319 aircraft will gradually be upgraded to Airbus A320 during the summer season.  The seating capacity will therefore significantly increase to numerous destinations:

Increased seat offer during summer 2016




London Heathrow



Increased flight frequencies: 

Lisbon   -    10 flights / week (+ 3 freq.)

Porto   -    13 flights / week (+ 6 freq.)

Malaga   -    15 flights / week (+1 freq.)

Alicante   -    4 flights / week (+ 1 freq.)

Billund   -    16 flights / week (+ 4 freq.)

Edinburgh   -    17 flights / week (+ 4 freq.)

Manchester   -    24 flights / week (+ 5 freq.)

Venice   -    20 flights / week + (1 freq.)

Vilnius   -    6 flights / week + (1 freq.)


Lufthansa Group member airlines serve 316 destinations in 101 countries in 2016 summer schedules; numerous new and additional services for the benefit of air travelers

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS – will be even more attractive this summer for business and leisure travelers alike. And, as always, customers can be assured of the top-notch service, the high quality and the reliability of the Lufthansa Group.

In the coming 2016 summer schedules, which enter into effect on 27 March, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group will offer one of the most comprehensive networks of air services in the world, with over 23,140 weekly flights. Via their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels hubs, and also with numerous point-to-point connections, the Group’s airlines will serve 316 destinations in 101 countries (compared to 321 destinations in 103 countries in Summer 2015).  

This vast range of services will be further supplemented by over 18,000 codeshare flights offered in collaboration with some 30 partner airlines to provide Lufthansa Group customers with a virtually worldwide air travel network. The 2016 summer schedules of all the member airlines of the Lufthansa Group are valid from Sunday 27 March to Saturday 29 October. 

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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 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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About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 17,000 daily flights to over 1,200 airports in 190 countries.

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