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Brussels Airlines temporarily suspends all its flights as of March 21

Brussels Airlines has made this announcement:

Given the extraordinary circumstances caused by the worldwide Coronavirus crisis, Brussels Airlines has decided to temporarily suspend its flight operations from March 21, 2020. Between now and then, Brussels Airlines’ flight operations will be reduced gradually in a controlled and structured manner in order to bring passengers and crews home.

The decision of Brussels Airlines to temporarily suspend all its flights between March 21 and April 20 has also been taken following the measures imposed by different authorities, such as the negative travel advice of the Belgian authorities, which Brussels Airlines fully understands, and the increasing number of national authorities in Europe and beyond who no longer allow flights to their territory.

As of March 17, the airline will gradually reduce its flight schedule until March 20. From March 21 until April 19 included, all flights will be suspended. A continued and extended goodwill policy for customers is in place, offering them the opportunity to reschedule their flights to a later date.

All intercontinental departures to Africa, will as of March 17 be postponed to the afternoon, for connectivity reasons with the short haul network.

The Belgian carrier will continue to keep a minimal capacity on standby base for repatriation flights should this be required.

The spread of the coronavirus and associated flight bans and other measures restricting air connectivity imposed by many countries around the world, have already severely and negatively impacted Brussels Airlines’ flight schedules in the past few days, as well as its financial situation. Therefore the airline is in discussion with the government with regards to support.

Temporary technical unemployment for all Brussels Airlines employees

Brussels Airlines employees are already working in a 30% temporary technical unemployment regime since 16 March. Together with its social partners, the company is working on the expansion of the partial temporary technical unemployment to 100% for the period of the temporary flight suspension. Some exceptions to the full temporary unemployment will be made to cover the repatriation flights and the restart of the operations.

Extensive goodwill policies for customers

Passengers on flights that were planned within the next days and are cancelled due to the current extraordinary situation are automatically rebooked. Brussels Airlines asks passengers with a flight now until Friday to check the status of their rebooking at brusselsairlines.com under “My Booking”. Customers who have provided their telephone number or e-mail address during the booking process, as well as members of the frequent flyer programme Miles & More, will be automatically informed about changes in the flight programme by SMS or e-mail.

Passengers whose scheduled flights do not take place in the next 7 days are requested to refrain from contacting the Service Center in the coming days. This way, they give the service center agents the opportunity to first take care of those customers who have a prompt departure.

As announced last week, Brussels Airlines is offering all passengers an extended goodwill arrangement: Passengers have time until June 1 to decide on a new travel date and, if they choose, to change their ticket to a different destination.

Brussels Airlines Head of Customer Service Tanguy Cartuyvels asks all customers for patience: “Our colleagues do their best to deal with our customers’ questions as quickly as possible. However, due to the high volume of enquiries there are longer waiting times. I therefore ask for your patience, but rest assured that we will not let anyone down: all customer enquiries will be processed.

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Brussels Airlines announces additional flight cancellations for March and a reduced timetable for April 2020

Brussels Airlines has made this announcement:

  • The airline adapts its flight offer following national governments travel restrictions
  • Additional flight cancellations in March
  • Structurally reduced timetable for the month of April (-45%)
  • Brussels Airlines to adapt its flight offer to and from the US as of 14 March
  • First economic measures launched for employees across the entire company

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Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the spread of the coronavirus, Brussels Airlines is forced to cancel additional flights for the month of March and to operate a reduced flight schedule in the month of April. With this measure, the Belgian airline adapts her offer to reflect the travel restrictions imposed by many countries around the world, leading also to a severe decline in demand for air travel.

In total, Brussels Airlines reduces its flight offer in March by 35% and in April by 45%.

Following the recent announcement of the US Department of Homeland Security on travel restrictions to the US, Brussels Airlines has no other option than temporarily suspending all its flights to New York JFK as from March 14, 2020 until further notice.

Until further notice, the Belgian airline continues operating its four weekly frequencies to Washington. New York continues to be served by other airlines within the Lufthansa Group, via Frankfurt and Zurich.

Due to government travel restrictions to/from Israel and Italy, Brussels Airlines is forced to temporarily suspend all flights to and from these countries until respectively 28 March and 3 April.

The flight cancellations are being implemented in the booking systems. Passengers whose flight is cancelled will be informed of the changes and rebooking options throughout the day.

Flight schedule adjustments for the period after April 30, 2020 will be decided at a later date with the aim to offer Brussels Airlines guests a reduced, but stable flight plan in the weeks to come.

Economic measures

As a consequence of the dramatic coronavirus outbreak and the reduction of its flight offer, Brussels Airlines launches first economic measures for its personnel to limit the negative financial impact on the company. The Belgian airline launches partial temporary technical unemployment across the entire company as of March 16, 2020.

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Brussels Airlines reduces its schedule by 23%

Brussels Airlines has made this announcement:

  • Further flight reductions in Europe between March 8 and 28
  • In total, the airline reduces its flight offer within Europe by 23%.
As the overall demand continues to decrease in Italy and in the rest of Europe, the airline is forced to extend the measures and further reduce its flight offer.

Because of the rapidly declining demand in air travel within Europe, Brussels Airlines had already taken the decision to reduce flight frequencies on a number of routes in Italy in order to limit the negative economic impact on its business. Next to the already cancelled 30% of its flight frequencies to and from Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa, Venice, Rome, Bologna and Turin between March 2 and 28, the Belgian airline now further reduces its flight offer to and from Italy as well as within the rest of Europe between March 8 and 28. In total, the airline reduces its flight offer within Europe by 23%.

Passengers whose flight is cancelled are being contacted and rebooked on other available flights or they can choose to get a full refund, if they do not wish to travel anymore.

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Brussels Airlines reduces its schedule due to declining demand

Brussels Airlines has made this announcement:

Because of the rapidly declining demand in air travel within Europe, Brussels Airlines has taken the decision to reduce flight frequencies on a number of routes in order to limit the negative economic impact on its business. The Belgian airline notices an overall negative booking trend on nearly all European markets but Northern Italy is the most impacted.

As a result, Brussels Airlines will reduce by 30% the frequency of its flights to Northern Italy for the coming two weeks. It concerns flight to Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa, Rome, Venice and Bologna between March 2-14, 2020.

Passengers whose flight is canceled are being contacted and rebooked on other available flights or they can choose to get a full refund, if they do not wish to travel anymore.

Next to adapting its flight schedule to the declining demand, the Belgian airline is looking into economic measures, such as temporary technical unemployment, and has decided to extend its hiring freeze to the whole company.

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Brussels Airlines to launch flights to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Brussels Airlines on November 4, 2019 will start operating flights between Brussels Airport and Ljubljana, Slovenia. The destination will be served 6 times weekly, to respond to leisure and business demand between the two EU capitals.

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s largest city, and is the 19th EU capital Brussels Airlines adds to its vast network. As of November 4th, the airline will offer 6 flights per week on the route. The flight schedule allows for connections with the rest of the Brussels Airlines network via Brussels Airport. Important connections are mainly Berlin, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Madrid, Oslo and Tel Aviv.

Flight schedule (in local times)

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Ljubljana is a creative city, where culture is the way of life. It hosts numerous festivals, from one of the oldest European summer festivals to well-established festivals of jazz, world music and street theater. Due to its strategic location in Europe, Slovenia is home to a very diverse and rich traditional cuisine that makes every foodie’s dreams come true. Must-do’s for foodies is one of the many food tours through the city or a visit to the Ljubljana Central Market

Slovenia’s capital is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals; it was the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river and Ljubljana’s museums and restaurants are among the best in the country.

Ljubljana is also the perfect starting point for a tour through Slovenia, which is popular with hikers and nature lovers for its splendid lakes, caves and breathtaking nature.

Brussels Airlines will operate Airbus A319 on the route.

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Brussels Airlines is flying more than 25,000 People of Tomorrow to Belgium

"Amare" - Brussels Airlines' 2017 Tomorrowland logo jet

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

Brussels Airlines organizes – for the eighth consecutive year – party flights to bring festivalgoers from every corner of the globe to Tomorrowland in Boom. 293 flights leave from 77 different airports bringing partygoers with over 100 nationalities to Belgium for 2 weekends of madness.

For the 15th edition of the world’s best music festival, 400,000 partygoers from over 200 different countries will unite in Boom for two weekends of Tomorrowland, this year in theme of ‘The book of wisdom – the return’. In no time, Brussels Airlines sold 13,083 flight packages to partygoers flying to Belgium, adding up to 25,290 Tomorrowland passengers on 293 Tomorrowland flights. 56 flights are transformed into #TMLpartyflight (s) with music on board. On eleven other flights, a DJ plays a live set at 30,000 feet. For the first time, the airline also organizes transatlantic party flights, leaving in Washington, where Tomorrowland goers from all over America get together to travel to the festival.

To get the party people in the right atmosphere right from the start of their journey, 16 airports organize a gate party with a live DJ before the flight. Departing from 77 different airports, Brussels Airlines welcomes Tomorrowland guests with 107 different nationalities with as a top five Spanish, Swiss, British, Swedish and German.

For the third time, Amare will bring guests from all over the world to Tomorrowland. Amare is one of Brussels Airlines’ six Belgian Icons, an Airbus A320 dedicated to Tomorrowland. The aircraft has an impressive special painting featuring a giant eagle as well as mood lighting and a Bose music installation on the inside.

To offer its guests a carefree trip home after an fantastic Tomorrowland experience, Brussels Airlines has set up a mobile bag drop-off desk at the DreamVille camping.

“In recent years, we’ve seen that many festivalgoers still leave their tents and camping chairs behind as they don’t want to carry the heavy load with them. Especially if they still have a long journey in front of them. With the bag drop-off at DreamVille, Tomorrowland guests who fly home check in their bags for their flight right at the campsite and don’t have to carry their luggage and tents to the airport. This way they can enjoy a nice day of sightseeing in Belgium. It should at the same time help reduce the amount of tents and camping gear left behind.”

  • Christian Dumortier, Head of strategic partnerships at Brussels Airlines

Next to the bag drop off, Brussels Airlines also hosts a service desk at the festival site for its guests to be able to change their flight or have any information about their journey right on the spot. Like every year, Brussels Airlines invites everyone to take a free ride on her giant Ferris wheel at the festival site, this year baptized Amare, offering a stunning view over the Tomorrowland landscape and beyond.

Brussels Airlines and Tomorrowland started their collaboration in 2012. Together they created Global Journey, offering international music fans packages that combine the festival with both transport and hotel or camping stay. That year, the airline organized 25 party flights.

In 2017, Brussels Airlines revealed Amare, an aircraft dedicated to the festival with a Tomorrowland themed livery on the outside and special light and sound effects creating a Tomorrowland experience on the inside.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline and the festival): Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-SNF (msn 2810) (We fly you to the home of Tomorrowland) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 937385.

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Lufthansa Group reverses course, Brussels Airlines will not now be integrated into Eurowings

"BIZ class on board"

Lufthansa Group is announcing major changes, especially those concerning the Eurowings brand. The plan to integrate Brussels Airlines into Eurowings has been a failure (several Brussels Airlines aircraft have been repainted into Eurowings colors and were operating under the Eurowings brand). Brussels Airlines will now stand alone under it own brand and will now be aligned with the other network airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian).

Here is the full announcement:

  • Eurowings to focus on short-haul services in future
  • Commercial responsibility for Eurowings long-haul services to be transferred to the Network Organization in future
  • Re-orientation of Brussels Airlines: closer alignment with Network Airlines; integration into Eurowings will not be further pursued
  • Change in dividend policy to enable shareholders to participate more in the Group’s success

The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG is informing investors and analysts about the further development of its airline strategy. The planned actions should sustainably enhance Lufthansa Group’s value creation. A key element is a comprehensive set of measures to turn around Eurowings, which should be returned to profit as swiftly as possible and sustainably generate value for shareholders.

To enable shareholders to participate more substantially in the Group’s results, the current dividend policy shall be changed. In future, 20 to 40% of the Group’s net income should be regularly distributed to shareholders. In the medium term, the Group aims to raise its free cash flow to at least EUR 1 billion a year.

Various planned actions will be presented to analysts and investors today. These include:

  • Eurowings turnaround: a clear focus on short-haul point-to-point operations
  • Eurowings long-haul: transfer of commercial responsibility to the Network Organization
  • Eurowings flight operations: less complexity and higher productivity through a reduction to one AOC in Germany
  • Eurowings fleet: standardization on the Airbus A320 family
  • Eurowings costs: a 15% reduction in unit costs (CASK) by 2022
  • Brussels Airlines: no integration into Eurowings and closer alignment to the Network Airlines (further details in the third quarter of 2019)
  • Brussels Airlines: turnaround plan in the third quarter of 2019
  • Network Airlines: innovations in sales and distribution to make a structural growth contribution to raising unit revenues by 3% by 2022
  • Network Airlines: continuous 1 to 2% annual reduction of unit costs.

“With the airlines in our Group we are excellently positioned in our home markets, which are among the strongest in the world,” says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “Our Group’s service companies are also world leaders in their fields. We want to translate this market strength even more consistently into sustainable profitability and value creation. And it is to this end that we are presenting concrete actions today which will enhance our efficiency and generate value for our shareholders. Because we don’t just want to be Number One for our customers and our employees: we want to be the first choice for our shareholders, too.”

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A330-343 OO-SFL (msn 579) (BIZ class on board) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 946745.

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