Network update: new destinations and more flights to holiday regions

Brussels Airlines looks ahead to the winter season when the network expands with more direct flights to Africa and frequency increases. In spring, Mumbai joins the network as well as new European summer destinations.


This winter season, which starts on 30 October 2016, Brussels Airlines continues its strategy to serve not only the European capitals, but also the most important regions in Europe. Compared to last winter season, Brussels Airlines offers 10% more seats and plans 5% more flights. An overview of what’s new.

  • 5 European cities, that were already served in summer, will be continued in the winter season: Nuremberg, Belfast, Nantes, Porto and Naples
  • To some fast growing destinations, Brussels Airlines increases its capacity during the winter period: Lisbon is served ten instead of seven times a week and the schedule is even better adjusted for weekend trips. Malaga also grows from seven to ten flights a week and Tenerife and Marrakesh each get an extra frequency. Edinburgh and Billund are served more often as well.
  • Capacity will be significantly increased (+45%) on the Warsaw, Oslo and Toulouse routes. As from the winter season, these destinations will be operated with bigger Airbus  A319 instead of AVRO RJ aircraft.

New summer holiday destinations

Next spring Brussels Airlines launches 3 new summer destinations.

With a weekly flight to Funchal, Brussels Airlines makes it possible to fly to Madeira the entire summer. In addition, the offer to the Greek islands is expanded with a weekly flight to Rhodes.

Comiso is the gateway to the south of Sicily and is the third airport Brussels Airlines will serve on the Italian island, next to Palermo and Catania.

The Belgian traveler opted for Italy more than ever before this summer. In its bookings for Italy, tour operator Thomas Cook registered an increase of 7% compared to 2015, and this trend will continue in the coming years. That’s why Thomas Cook and Brussels Airlines expand their offer to Italian destinations and offers Belgian holidaymakers the opportunity to discover Comiso.

“The strategic partnership with Brussels Airlines enables us to respond to the increasing demand from the Belgian holidaymakers to travel to the south of Italy. With Comiso we add a beautiful new holiday region to our offer. From our new hotels Sentido, Acacia Marina Sicily and the Athena Resort, all just 30 minutes from the airport, and fine sandy beaches of Sicily are within easy reach of our travelers."

--  Koen van den Bosch, spokesperson Thomas Cook Belgium



North America

Last spring, Brussels Airlines successfully launched Toronto. During the winter season, the airline will operate 4 weekly flights between Toronto and Brussels that offer smooth connections to African and European destinations. Toronto is also perfect to travel onwards to the Canadian of American West coast.


Winter season
Brussels Airlines also has good news for those who want to travel to the African sun. From the 4 weekly flights to Banjul (with a short stop in Dakar), a direct flight will be offered on Friday between December and February, which results in double capacity on that flight.

The daily flights to Senegal also continue, with higher capacity on Fridays from December to February, due to the direct flight to Banjul on that day.

On the African East coast Brussels Airlines also increases its presence with an additional flight frequency to Kigali (Rwanda) and Entebbe (Uganda).

Summer season

From end of March 2017 Abidjan will be served daily instead of 6 days a week.
Accra will get 5 instead of 4 weekly direct flights and the schedule is further optimized for shorter travel times to European and North American destinations via Brussels.


On 6 March 2017, Brussels Airlines starts flights to a new continent and flies 5 times weekly to Mumbai

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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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Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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