Brussels Airlines to suspend flights

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In wake of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, Brussels Airlines will temporarily suspend all flights for one month, starting on Saturday.

The Belgian flag-carrier is gradually reducing its flight schedule, until a full stop on Saturday, March 21. Operations are not due to resume before April 20. The airline says it is keeping a small capacity on standby, should there be the need for repatriation flights.

[…] 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.Dieter Vranckx, CEO of Brussels Airlines

This makes Brussels Airlines the second airline from the Lufthansa Group to temporarily cancel all flights, as sister company Austrian Airlines is set to halt operations on Wednesday night.

Just a few hours after Brussels Airlines’ announcement, Air Dolomiti, Lufthansa’s Italy-based regional airline, also confirmed that it will pause its flight operations from Wednesday until April 19. The small airline is mostly operating flights between northern Italy and Germany.

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