In order to meet market demand, tour operator TUI regularly uses other airlines to increase TUI fly's flight capacity. Next year TUI will cooperate with the Belgian national airline Brussels Airlines. An Airbus A320 with 180 seats will reinforce the existing capacity. The flights operated by Brussels Airlines will initially fly to Mediterranean destinations.
The agreement will enter into force at the end of this year and the first flights will be operated during the Christmas holidays. In the period from December to October, the flights operated by Brussels Airlines are only scheduled for the weekend. During the months of July and August, Brussels Airlines will operate 2 flights every day for TUI fly. The crew will consist of Brussels Airlines pilots and a mixed cabin crew of both Brussels Airlines and TUI fly.
Initially, 14 destinations will be served by Brussels Airlines: six in Spain, three in Greece, two in Turkey and one in Morocco, Egypt and Bulgaria. Other destinations could be added to the portfolio afterwards.
Erik Follet, Director Aviation Planning Benelux at TUI fly: "We are very pleased about this cooperation with the colleagues of Brussels Airlines and we welcome this important partnership for the Belgian travel industry. These extra flights will allow us to offer our passengers even more choice and flexibility."
David Lyssens, Head of Network and Partner Management at Brussels Airlines: "We are very pleased with this partnership with TUI. This brings together two major players in the Belgian travel industry to create a quality travel experience for holidaymakers."