Brussels Airlines in adjusting its network with plans to introduce new long haul services to Africa and Europe, whilst dropping its current service to Mumbai.
The airline will add three extra flights a week to Banjul (Gambia) and three out of the seven weekly operates to Dakar (Senegal) as direct flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays from the 7th January 2019.
Mumbai will cease from 6th January 2019, with connections to Mumbai being offered by other Lufthansa Group Airlines (Swiss and Lufthansa) via Zürich, Frankfurt and Munich.
It seems that money is the reason for the Mumbai flights being ceased, with the route not delivering the results the airline was expecting.
The route was strengthened from five flights a week to six after launch, but it seems this isn’t enough for the airline
Customers with flights after the cease date will be offered other flights operated by the Lufthansa Group
Moving to the short-haul network, Kiev (Ukraine) will join the network in October 2018 on a four-time a week basis, whilst Wroclaw will be operated three times a week from February 2019.
Frequencies will be increased on the Brussels with Alicante, Bordeaux, Faro, Geneva, Lisbon, Malaga and Tel Aviv gaining one extra flight a week, and Billund gaining two extra flights for the winter.
It seems with this move, Brussels Airlines are moving back to their core routes and network strength – Europe and Africa.
For those who want to go between Mumbai and Brussels, connecting at another airport is going to be a fact of life for a while – especially after Jet Airways moved their scissor hub to Amsterdam….
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