Brussels Airlines will launch non-stop service between Belgium’s capital Brussels and Accra, the capital of Ghana, on October 26.
Accra, which Brussels Airlines will serve four times a week from its Brussels Airport hub with its fleet of Airbus A330 widebodies, will become the carrier’s 16th destination in West Africa.
However, the carrier’s total numbers of destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa (17) and in Africa overall (19) won’t change with the new Accra service.
This is because Brussels Airlines will stop serving Kenya’s capital Nairobi at the end of October.
According to Brussels Airlines, which is in the Lufthansa Group, the decision to stop serving Kenya is in line with Lufthansa Group’s Africa strategy, which calls for close collaboration among the group’s airlines in Africa.
Customers of Brussels Airlines will still be able to fly to the Kenyan capital on Lufthansa Group carrier Swiss International Air Lines and also on a new service to Nairobi that Lufthansa will begin operating this fall.
Brussels Airlines’ schedule for its new Brussels-Accra service calls for flight SN277 to leave Brussels Airport (IATA code BRU) at 11:00 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from October 26 and arrive at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport (ACC) at 4:45 p.m. local time.
In the other direction, flight SN278 will depart ACC at 9:40 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from October 26 and land at BRU at 5:25 a.m. the following morning, local time.
This flight schedule allows for quick connections at BRU to many of Brussels Airlines’ European destinations and the United States, including to the UK, Denmark, Germany, France and New York, according to the airline.
Brussels Airlines is also increasing service frequencies to several of its existing West African destinations.
In September, the Star Alliance member carrier will increase the number of round-trips it operates to Togo’s capital Lomé each week from two to four.
Brussels Airlines will also increase its service frequency to Benin’s capital Cotonou and to Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougouto three round-trips a week instead of two.
Additionally, during its 2015 winter season and for the first time in its history, Brussels Airlines will operate non-stop flights on both the outbound and the inbound sectors on its route linking Brussels and Rwanda’s capital Kigali.