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Brussels Airport attracts new airlines and targets North America and Africa expansion

Léon Verhallen Director Aviation Development Brussels Airport Company and Roeland De Ryck, Brussels Airport Company, Senior Aviation Development Manager, working on bridging continents through Belgium’s hub
Léon Verhallen Director Aviation Development Brussels Airport Company and Roeland De Ryck, Brussels Airport Company, Senior Aviation Development Manager, working on bridging continents through Belgium’s hub

Brussels Airport is witnessing an exciting expansion this summer with the arrival of seven new airlines, broadening its network but also enhancing its role as a crucial hub for international travel.

Brussels Airport has seen the addition of flights to Singapore by Singapore Airlines, as well as Bergen by Wideroe, Brive by Amelia International, and Larnaca by Cyprus Airways. But that’s not all. Juneyao Airlines will be flying from Brussels Airport to Shanghai from July onwards, a destination that will also be served by Hainan Airlines this summer. Together, the two will offer a daily flight to this Chinese metropolis. Additionally, starting this summer, Wizz Air will strengthen the Brussels Airport network with flights to Budapest.

The upcoming 2024/25 winter season is shaping up to be equally as promising with Norwegian to commence operations to Tromso, while Thai Airways introduces flights to Bangkok.

Despite these successes, Brussels Airport continues to focus on expanding its reach. The airport is strategically positioned to increase its routes and frequencies to North America and Africa. This is part of a broader ambition to serve as a pivotal transfer hub between these continents.

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Speaking to Air Service One at the 154th IATA Slot Conference in Bogota, Léon Verhallen Director Aviation Development Brussels Airport Company said: “Our project consists of how we can further connect North America with Africa where Brussels is a very logical transfer point. The idea is that Brussels Airlines will continue to grow its Africa network in the next few years and that United and Air Canada will also add extra frequencies and new destinations in North America. Building this bridge and continuous flow of traffic will allow us to have more connecting traffic beyond to Europe and beyond to the US and Canada gateways to North America.”

With close to 185 nonstop destinations served by over 65 carriers, Brussels Airport has already proved itself as an important European hub. However, it continues to seek out new opportunities, leveraging its geographical advantage to provide seamless travel experiences.

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