About 7,000 passengers were affected by the postponement of the extension of Brussels Airlines’ flight schedule, spokeswoman Maaike Andries confirmed on Wednesday. The Belgian airline would normally increase the number of long-haul stosers from two to five from August. As a precautionary measure, however, it was decided not to allow this extension for the time being, as the company lacks cash and no solution has yet been found for state aid.
These are therefore long-haul flights in the first week of August. The second week is still excited for the time being, in the hope that there will be a solution by then.
Around 7,000 people had already booked for the cancelled flights. Brussels Airlines is now looking for a solution. “First of all, we are looking for an alternative flight. But it is also possible to postpone the journey or refund if the passenger so wishes,” the spokeswoman said.
Andries does not want to go into detail about how bleak the financial situation at Brussels Airlines is. However, it stresses that the decision not to extend the flight schedule is a precautionary measure. “All our activities are currently cash positive. We also have some reserves. So if we don’t expand, we want to make sure that we can continue to execute the current flight plan and give travelers that safety,” it says.
For the time being, nothing will change on the short-haul network. Although here the corona pandemic can be sooting in the diet. Brussels Airlines sees a sharp drop in bookings at these destinations due to the changed travel advice of the last few days, during which some destinations in Europe get the code red. “It is not out of the question that we therefore have to tinker with the frequency of these flights. It makes no economic or environmental sense to fly on almost empty planes,” the spokeswoman argues. But it is not a question of completely deleting certain objectives. And this measure has nothing at all to do with the financial situation in the company, it sounds.