Brussels Airlines is resuming flights to the USA in what the company describes as ‘a symbolic milestone in our relaunch’.
1. USA flights resumed
The Zaventem based airline suspended its services to North America at the onset of the coronavirus crisis in March 2020 and for 15 months has run no Transatlantic services. However, this week Brussels Airlines will resume its thrice weekly service from Zaventem to New York as well as its to Washington DC route four times a week, although the service to Montréal, Canada is still suspended. According to the airline ticket sales for its Washington DC service are doing well, as the route is popular with mainly business travellers and those transiting onto flights to Africa via Zaventem. The New York service is more of a tourist service and so ticket sales are “rather slow”, as expected by Brussels Airlines given tourist travel from the US to Belgium and vice verse is still banned.
2. Increasing the flight offer
Throughout much of the coronavirus crisis Brussels Airlines operated essential flights mainly to and from Africa, and in February 2021 the company operating flights to and from just 25 destinations. However since then the airline has been increasing their services and plans to offer around 80 destinations by August, hoping to boost travel over summer.