Brussels Airlines will add five new European destinations and will schedule extra flights to eight existing European destinations for its summer 2016 operating season.

Brussels Airlines will add five new European destinations and will schedule extra flights to eight existing European destinations for its summer 2016 operating season.

The Brussels-based airline, Belgium’s flag carrier, is adding the Greek island of Crete and the city of Jerez de la Frontera in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia to its 2016 summer network.


Among the 37 single-aisle jets in Brussels Airlines' fleet are 18 Airbus A319s, which the carrier uses to operate longer European sectors and to Tel Aviv

Among the 37 single-aisle jets in Brussels Airlines’ fleet are 18 Airbus A319s, which the carrier uses to operate longer European sectors and to Tel Aviv

 

In addition, Brussels Airlines will inaugurate year-round service to George Best Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland.

Brussels Airlines will also retain for the summer season the new services it is launching this winter to Tenerife and the city of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. Both islands are in the Spanish Canary Islands off the west coast of Morocco.

The carrier will launch its new route to Jerez de la Fronteras in May and will serve the route until the end of September. Brussels Airlines will operate its Brussels-Jerez flights on Wednesdays and Sundays.

From the Easter break in Europe, Brussels Airlines will serve Heraklion in Crete twice a week from Brussels, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

On March 16, 2015, Brussels Airlines and design studio Moulinsart unveiled an Airbus A320 wearing a Tintin-themed livery, to honor Hergé, one of Belgium's most famous authors and artists

On March 16, 2015, Brussels Airlines and design studio Moulinsart unveiled an Airbus A320 wearing a Tintin-themed livery, to honor Hergé, one of Belgium’s most famous authors and artists

 

Next summer, the airline will also fly almost daily to Greece’s capital Athens. It will allow passengers to combine flights to or from Crete with flights to or from Athens, allowing island hoppers to fly to Athens and return from Crete, for example. Like Brussels Airlines, Greece’s national carrier Aegean Airlines is a member of Star Alliance.

According to Brussels Airlines, there have been no direct flights from Brussels Airport to Northern Ireland, so it often takes travelers about five hours to travel by air between the two cities.

Brussels Airlines’ non-stop Brussels-Belfast flights, which begin in April, will reduce the travel time to under two hours. The carrier will serve Gorge Best Belfast  City Airport five times a week on a year-round basis, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

In addition to its five new European destinations, Brussels Airlines will operate four extra round-trips each week next summer to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh.

Brussels Airlines is a big fan of Belgium's national soccer team, which is nicknamed 'The Belgian Red Devils', and has given several of its aircraft – including this A320 – special Red Devils-themed liveries

Brussels Airlines is a big fan of Belgium’s national soccer team, which is nicknamed ‘The Belgian Red Devils’, and has given several of its aircraft – including this A320 – special Red Devils-themed liveries

 

Brussels Airlines will also operate more round-trips to Portugal, adding three round-trips a week to both Lisbon and Oporto for a total of six additional weekly Belgium-Portugal flights.

The airline will also increase from three to four the number of round-trips it operates to Alicante in the popular southern Spanish tourism region of Costa Blanca.

Additionally, Brussels Airlines will operate more peak-day round-trips to Malaga and Venice in summer 2016, as well as increasing its service frequencies to the business destinations of Manchester and Lithuania’s capital Vilnius. The carrier will operate to Manchester five evenings each week.

In 2016, also, Brussels Airlines will increase its seat capacity to Gothenburg, Toulouse, Oslo, Marseille, London Heathrow, Barcelona and Faro by scheduling larger aircraft on its routes to those cities from Brussels.

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