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.
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.
Lufthansa Group says its passenger airlines will operate only 10% of typical long-haul capacity and 20% of short-haul capacity, starting on Tuesday.
— International Flight Network (@FlightIntl) March 16, 2020
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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Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.