- All scheduled flights will be suspended until 19 April included.
- Flight schedule will be gradually decreased in the course of this week, to reach a temporary full suspension of the flights by this Saturday.
- CEO Dieter Vranckx: “We have already started working on the restart of our operations, planned on 20 April”
- Extensive goodwill policy for customers in place to fly as from 20 April
Brussels Airlines has announced that, given the extraordinary circumstances caused by the worldwide Coronavirus crisis, it has decided to temporarily suspend its flight operations from March 21, 2020. Between now (March 17) and then, Brussels Airlines’ flight operations will be reduced gradually in a controlled and structured manner in order to bring passengers and crews home.
The airline said its decision of Brussels Airlines to temporarily suspend all its flights follows the measures and ‘don’t travel’ advice imposed by several governments, “which Brussels Airlines fully understands”.
The airline said: “A continued and extended goodwill policy for customers is in place, offering them the opportunity to reschedule their flights to a later date.”
All intercontinental departures to Africa, will as of tomorrow, March 18, be postponed to the afternoon, for connectivity reasons with the short haul network.
The Belgian carrier will continue to keep a minimal capacity on standby base for repatriation flights should this be required.
Brussels Airlines CEO, Dieter Vranckx, commented: “We will continuously monitor the situation and communicate accordingly, planning a restart of our operations on April 20 to welcome our guests on board again. As a responsible company, we need to take the decision to temporarily cease our operations. It will allow us to reduce the negative financial impact on our company.”
The spread of the coronavirus and associated flight bans and other measures restricting air connectivity imposed by many countries around the world, have already severely and negatively impacted Brussels Airlines’ flight schedules in the past few days, as well as its financial situation. Therefore the airline is in discussion with the government with regards to support.
Temporary technical unemployment for all Brussels Airlines employees
The airline said that its employees have already been working in a “30% temporary technical unemployment regime” since March 16. It added: “Together with its social partners, the company is working on the expansion of the partial temporary technical unemployment to 100% for the period of the temporary flight suspension. Some exceptions to the full temporary unemployment will be made to cover the repatriation flights and the restart of the operations.”