77% of 2019 long-haul network capacity
This summer, the carrier says that it expects to offer 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity. This breaks down to 60% for its short- and medium-distance network and 77% for its long-distance network. However, if you look at the carrier’s route map, you’ll see that its short-haul European destinations far outnumber its long-haul offerings.
The recovery of its long-distance network has seen a boost with the improving situation on the other side of the Atlantic, allowing flights to New York and Washington D.C. to restart last week after a “hibernation period” of almost 15 months.
Commenting on this transatlantic recovery, the Belgian carrier says that it’s “now hoping for rapid easing of the currently applicable travel restrictions between the two continents to make traveling easy and accessible to everyone again.”
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Meanwhile, the recovery of the airline’s African network is already well underway. Indeed, establishing a number of triangle routes means that the carrier can serve more destinations in Africa despite lower demand.
Brussels Airlines’ short-haul network
The airline’s top destinations this summer are located in the south of Europe. The most popular destinations are as follows:
- Spain (Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, and the Canary Islands),
- Portugal (Faro, Lisbon, and Porto),
- Greece (Athens, Kos, Rhodes, Heraklion, Corfu, and Zakynthos)
- Italy (Florence, Naples, Sicily, Sardinia and the new destination Bari)
This makes sense with more open travel policies in these tourism-dependent countries combined with the onset of the summer leisure travel season.
The airline adds that Morocco (Tangier and Nador), Croatia (Dubrovnik and Split), and France (Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, and Bordeaux) are also on the list of popular destinations.
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