Airlines Brussels Airlines to withdraw last route to Asia

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The Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines has announced to stop its flights from Brussels to Mumbai from January, 7, 2019.

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As part of the Lufthansa Group, Brussels Airlines is the key group airline for flights to Africa. The airline, which operates a fleet of 16 Airbus long-haul aircraft, will therefor add three extra flights per week to Banjul (The Gambia) and will add three weekly direct flights to Dakar (Senegal) in the coming winter flight plan.

The flights will be operated with aircraft, that are currently used on the last Brussels Airlines route to an Asian destination. Brussels Airline will stop the flights to Mumbai in India in January 2019. Flights to Mumbai were launched in March 2017 and will be stopped for economic reasons. In the future, Brussels Airlines will focus on offering connection flights to destinations in Asia via the Lufthansa Group hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.

With the end of the Mumbai-connection, Toronto and New York remain the only long-haul routes outside of Africa. Brussels Airlines offers connection flights to 24 destinations in Africa. The airline operates a long-haul fleet of four Airbus A330-200, ten Airbus A330-300 and two A340-300. Several aircraft are currently wet-leased to the Lufthansa Group low cost subsidiary Eurowings.

Brussels Airlines also announced a significant investment this winter in its long-haul product and overall on board experience by gradually renewing the cabins of its ten Airbus A330 aircraft, launching a brand new Business Class, a renewed Economy Class and for the first time a Premium Economy Class in a separate cabin. The first refurbished aircraft will be ready in December.

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