Brussels Airport Summer: 6 New Airlines & 178 Destinations

An aircraft at Brussels Airport terminal.
Photo Credit: Brussels Airport

Spring may be late this year, but the summer season at Brussels Airport is starting as scheduled on March 31. This summer, no less than 178 direct destinations will be served by 64 airlines.

Six new airline partners will join the mix at the German airport for the Summer 2024 program.

New Airlines & Wider Choices

This summer, Brussels Airport boasts an impressive 178 direct destinations served by 64 airlines, including six exciting new partners.

Whether you dream of exploring Asia, indulging in a European city break, or relaxing on a sunny beach with your family, Brussels Airport has the perfect getaway for you.

Six new airlines will be joining the Brussels Airport family this summer. Singapore Airlines takes flight on April 6th, offering direct connections to Singapore.

For those seeking Asian adventures, Juneyao Airlines joins the roster, providing flights to Shanghai starting in July.

Additionally, Hainan Airlines will also offer service to Shanghai, creating a combined daily service to this vibrant Chinese metropolis.

The network expands further with new airlines including Cyprus Airways (Larnaca), Wideroe (Bergen), Amelia (Brive), and Wizz Air (Budapest).

Enhanced Network and Increased Frequencies

Travelers can also look forward to expanded offerings from existing airlines. Brussels Airlines adds exciting new destinations to their network, including Nairobi in Kenya and Krakow in Poland.

This brings their total summer destinations to 88, with a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa (18 destinations) and North America (2 destinations).

Their fleet also grows with the addition of a tenth A330-300 and three new A320neo aircraft.

Transavia bolsters its presence with a third B737-800 stationed at Brussels Airport for the summer. Additionally, United Airlines launches a second daily flight to Newark. This brings their total U.S. service to four daily departures.

Canadian connections see a boost with Air Canada offering four weekly flights to Toronto and Air Transat launching a fourth weekly route to Montreal.

Air Arabia expands its reach in Morocco with service to Tetouan and Rabat, bringing their total Moroccan destinations to seven.

Strong Long-Haul Network

This summer, Brussels Airport offers a robust long-haul network with a total of 37 destinations:

  • North America: 6 destinations (New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington, Montreal, Toronto) served by Brussels Airlines, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, and Air Transat.
  • Central America: 3 destinations (Punta Cana, Cancun, Montego Bay) with TUI fly. Curaçao joins the network next winter.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: 18 destinations served primarily by Brussels Airlines, with additional service to Addis Ababa by Ethiopian Airlines and Kigali by Rwandair (also served by Brussels Airlines).
  • The Gulf Region: 4 destinations – Abu Dhabi (Etihad), Doha (Qatar Airways), Dubai (Emirates), and Jeddah (Flynas).
  • Asia: 5 destinations – Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shanghai (Hainan Airlines), Shanghai (Juneyao Airlines), and Tokyo (All Nippon Airways).

Brussels Airport and the Local Economy

Brussels Airport is a major economic engine for Belgium. A recent study by UAntwerp and UCLouvain universities found that the airport and its surrounding businesses contribute a whopping €5.4 billion to the country’s GDP.

That’s not all – the airport directly employs over 26,000 people, with an additional 3,500 jobs in the on-site business district.

When you factor in indirect jobs created by the airport’s activity, the total number of people supported by Brussels Airport reaches an impressive 64,000.


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