Brussels Airlines welcomes over 100,000 guests during the first weekend of the summer holidays

Brussels Airlines is getting ready for a busy holiday period, welcoming over 100,000 guests during the first summer peak this weekend. This summer the airline ​ will fly even more passengers thanks to the addition of 26 new leisure destinations in close cooperation with tour operators Neckermann, Thomas Cook and Pegase. The most popular destinations in Europe are Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and the Greek Islands. As for the long-haul destinations, the company welcomes the highest number of guests on its flights to the USA, Senegal and Cameroon.

“We are looking forward to welcoming over 100,000 guests during the first summer peak this weekend. On top we will continue to fly the Belgian fans to the World Cup in Russia to provide all possible support to our Red Devils. The entire Brussels Airlines operational staff is geared up and committed to provide our guests the best possible assistance to ensure their travel experience runs smoothly.”
- ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Dirk Vrebos, Vice-President Ground Services, Ground Operations

This weekend, from Friday June 29th until Sunday July 1st, Brussels Airlines will fly 11% more travelers to their holiday destination, compared to last year. The highest peak will be on Friday, when the airline will welcome 37,000 guests. The most popular destinations on the short and medium-haul network this summer are Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and the Greek Islands, while for its long-haul destinations, the company welcomes the highest number of guests on its flights to New York, Washington, Dakar, Douala and Yaounde.

To respond to the high demand for sunny family destinations, Brussels Airlines increases its flight frequencies to different holiday regions and has added 26 new leisure destinations to its network this summer. The airline has launched among others, direct flights to the Greek islands Mykonos, Santorini and Zakynthos and increased its flight frequencies to Tenerife and Lanzarote. Furthermore Brussels Airlines has added destinations Zadar and Split to the network, as well as new destinations in and higher flight frequencies to Greece with Crete in particular, the Balearic and Canary Islands, Andalusia and Catalonia, allowing travelers to combine a beach holiday with a self-drive tour to discover the area.

The expansion of the airline’s network is the biggest in its history and is mainly due to the integration of the Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium activities and herewith the closer cooperation with tour operators Neckermann, Thomas Cook and Pegase.

To make sure that the many families taking a Brussels Airlines flight experience a smooth departure, the airline offers the free of charge package. is available for families traveling with children under 12 offering several advantages, children discounts, priority boarding and entertaining toys for the youngest passengers.

Useful tips for a carefree holiday

✈ Check in online
Online check-in is available as from 24 hours before your flight and saves time, avoiding possible queues at the airport. The boarding pass can either be printed or used on a smartphone throughout the airport. When traveling with checked luggage, the Scan & Fly machines at Brussels Airport allow for smooth luggage check-in.

✈ Check in 12 kg hand baggage for free
Avoid liquid restrictions and travel hands-free through the airport by checking in one piece of hand baggage.. A service, free of charge for all Brussels Airlines guests, including Check&Go passengers.

✈ Organize your hand luggage
Don’t forget to always keep your essentials (keys, medication, wallet) with you and to not put them in your checked luggage. All devices with Lithium batteries need to be transported in your hand baggage and are not allowed in checked baggage.

✈ Bring all necessary documents
Before you leave, check that you have all needed documents and keep them together in one place. If you’re traveling with children, don’t forget to bring their Kids ID. Double check that the name on your flight reservation is exactly the same as on your ID or passport, as a conformity check is done at the boarding gate.

✈ Know where to park
Avoid unnecessary stress and book an airport parking spot in advance on


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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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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.

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