Brussels Airlines to launch new EX-YU routes in 2018
Brussels Airlines will launch two new routes to the former Yugoslavia and strengthen frequencies on existing destinations in the region next year but will also downgrade operations to Zagreb from year-round to seasonal summer services. The Belgian national carrier will introduce flights from Brussels to Tivat and Split in 2018. Services to the Montenegrin coast will operate once per week, each Thursday, while flights to Split will run twice per week, each Wednesday and Saturday, the airline told EX-YU Aviation News. The exact launch date and ticket sales will be released soon. Furthermore, Brussels Airlines plans to strengthen its seasonal summer flights to Dubrovnik with an additional weekly flight for a total of three, each Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
On the other hand, after two years of year-round operations to Zagreb, Brussels Airlines will downgrade its services to the Croatian capital and will run flights only during the summer season. Its last flight to Zagreb for this year has been scheduled for November 5, leaving its fellow Star Alliance partner Croatia Airlines as the sole operator on the route. “We have indeed decided not to operate flights to Zagreb in the winter season but we will relaunch our flight schedule in the spring of 2018 at the start of the IATA summer season 2018 [late March]. During the winter season we continue to offer flights to Zagreb through our codeshare and Star Alliance partner Croatia Airlines and through our sister airlines of the Lufthansa Group”, Brussels Airlines’ Vice President for External Communication, Geert Sciot, told EX-YU Aviation News.
Brussels Airlines has a limited presence in the former Yugoslavia with its only year-round route ending this autumn. Last year, Andreas Weingartner, who was then Brussels Airlines’ General Manager for Central Europe, Balkans, Russia and Offline Europe, said, “The Balkan market is still relatively untapped and is new for us, but it certainly has growth potential. Initially, we always introduce flights to countries which are already members of the European Union. On our flights from Vienna, we have many transfer passengers from the Balkans”. Earlier this year the carrier said it was considering potential flights to Sarajevo and Banja Luka but has backed away from such plans. In December 2016, the Lufthansa Group took a 100% stake in Brussels Airlines, in a deal to fully integrate the Belgian carrier into Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group in 2018.
Source: EX-YU Aviation News