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.
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.
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 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.