This summer, Brussels Airlines increases its flights out of Prague Airport and invests in its fleet

More capacity and connections to the worldwide network of the airline via its hub of Brussels

Brussels 15 March 2011 – This summer season, in cooperation with Prague Airport, Brussels Airlines significantly enhances its flight offer out of the Czech Republic, by adding one early morning frequency between Prague and Brussels and by operating some of these routes with bigger aircraft. Other network news within Europe are adding new comfortable connecting flights to passengers leaving Prague via Brussels.

Prague Airport, an important destination within the European network

With four daily flights out of Prague Airport and additional capacity by implementing bigger aircraft, Brussels Airlines further strengthens its position in the important Czech market and offers even more comfort and flexibility to its customers as a one-day city trip to Brussels or Prague is getting extremely easy. Furthermore, the new frequency provides the passengers leaving Prague with access to an increased number of connecting flights via Brussels of more than 60 destinations within the Brussels Airlines network. Together with its Star Alliance partners, the Belgian airline even offers a total of 200 worldwide destinations out of theEuropean capital.

“On a daily basis Brussels Airlines will offer more than 800 seats between the Czech capital and Brussels. Flights are operated with a mixture of Airbus A 319 and AVRO Regional Jet aircraft. With our tailor-made 3 class product offer (b.business, b.flex economy and b.light economy), Brussels Airlines proposes ideal travel solutions for both business and leisure travelers and in addition provides passengers of all classes traveling out of Prague with the possibility of using their mobile phones (with internet connection) for Check-in and boarding” says Frédéric Dechamps, Vice President Sales Europe. “This combination of services offers even more flexibility than in the past and demonstrates our strong commitment towards the

Czech market”, adds Dechamps. “Brussels Airlines is an important partner of Prague Airport. Last year alone, almost 100,000 passengers flew the Prague-Brussels route and greater frequency for the connection will mean a substantial increase in numbers. Passengers will also obtain better transfer options for trips both within Europe and to Africa and North America, as well,“ adds Stanislav Zeman, Executive Director for Aviation Business, Marketing and Product Management of Prague Airport.

3 new destinations and 709.000 additional seats this summer

“Brussels Airlines increases also frequencies and /or seat capacity to numerous other European destination. As such, this summer, Brussels Airlines will perform 806 European return flights per week, which is an increase of 28 flights versus last year and of 63 compared to the winter season” continues Andreas Weingartner, Regional Manager of Brussels Airlines. “Herewith, we offer our passengers traveling out of the Czech Republic with an even more attractive worldwide network and minimum connecting times via Brussels”, mentions Weingartner. 

Frequency increases

Brussels Airlines increases its frequencies to numerous destinations. For example, as from the start of the summer season, there will be two daily flights between Brussels and the Greek capital Athens. The flight offer to Bilbao will be substantially increased through a third daily flight. During the holiday months more flights will be offered to the holiday destinations Malaga (Costa del Sol), Palma (Mallorca, Balearic Islands) and Faro (Algarve). The weekend offer to cities like Florence, Lyon and Madrid will be expanded and the timetable to Marseille and Venice is improved to offer even more flexibility to the customers. During the summer season, regional AVRO jets will be replaced by larger Airbus A 319 / A 320 on a number of routes, for example Tel Aviv, Geneva, Berlin, Gothenburg, Vienna, Milan Malpensa, Paris CDG, Malaga and Copenhagen. The increase of the seat capacity (+10 pct compared to 2010) and flight frequencies is an important investment of Brussels Airlines in its homebase at Brussels Airport. 

Fleet

The fleet is rejuvenated by the replacement of 5 AVRO RJ regional Jets by 4 larger Airbus A 319 and 2 Airbus A 320 aircraft. On the routes to Bristol and Newcastle Brussels Airlines leases aircraft capacity from partner British Midland International – BMI Regional (Embraer ER4 Jets) whilst flights to Hanover are operated by partner Tyrolean (Dash DH4). 

About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from its base in Brussels Airport. The group has around 3000 employees and 46 aircraft that operate some 300 punctual flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to some 70 premium European and African airports. On its European routes, operated with AVRO, Boeing 737, and Airbus A319, Brussels Airlines offers the choice of a premium service at a very high level (“b.business”), an ultra-flexible product, which offers time-saving and comfort at reasonable prices (“b.flex economy+”) and a low fare product (“b.light economy”). On medium- and long-haul flights, the airline operates traditional business or economy class. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft. In addition to 20 destinations in Africa, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul service to the United Arab Emirates, China, Thailand, India and North America. Brussels Airlines is owned by SN Airholding and is backed up by more than 80 years of aviation experience in Belgium. In June 2009, Lufthansa announced its interest in the management structure and capital of the Belgian airline. Brussels Airlines has been a member of the global airline alliance Star Alliance since 9 December 2009. More information on www.brusselsairlines.com  

About Prague Airport:

In 2010, the airport handled 11.56 million passengers. Prague Airport was rated the Best Airport in Eastern Europe in the 2009 World Airport Awards. Passengers will have access during the 2010/2011 winter season to 46 airlines connecting Prague directly with 103 airports around the globe. 

Media Contacts:

Brussels Airlines
Corporate Communications
Tel. +32 (0)2 723 84 00/+32 (0)2 723 85 11

Michaela Lagronova
Media Spokesperson for Prague Airport
e-mail: michaela.lagronova@prg.aero
tel.: +420 220 113 857
www.prg.aero