Brussels Airlines, the national airline of Belgium, is to stop its Mumbai to Brussels flight from January 7 next year.
In a communication to the travel community, the airline has said that the termination of the flight is part of a restructuring programme to improve the airline’s long-haul network and to optimise fleet utilisation on its Africa network, the key intercontinental market for the Belgium-based airline.
In a statement to the media, the airline added that the flight is being withdrawn for economic reasons.
“The flights were well-accepted by the Indian business and leisure travellers. However, from a global perspective it is necessary to withdraw the flights,” the airline said adding that the Lufthansa Group continues to maintain a strong footprint in Mumbai with three daily flights that include operations both to Frankfurt and Munich on Lufthansa and to Zurich on Swiss Airlines.
The statement adds that the combinability of fares between the Group carriers remains, which means customers starting their itinerary on Brussels Airlines flights can always return on Lufthansa or Swiss Airlines. “Passengers with existing Brussels Airlines flight segments beyond January 7, 2019 will be rebooked on other flights,” the communication adds.
Brussels Airlines ventured into the Indian skies with its Mumbai-Brussels route in March 2017. After an initial 5-weekly service, the airline added a 6th frequency in the winter season of 2018.
With Brussels Airlines withdrawing the Mumbai-Brussels flight in January next year, this will be second time in the last few years that airlines operating direct flights linking India with Belgium have been withdrawn.
In 2016, Jet Airways announced its decision to close its hub in Brussels which had been opened in 2007. At one point Jet Airways had flights from various cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru arriving in Brussels on a daily basis and connecting onwards to destination in the United States.