Just last year, Brussels Airlines launched a flight to Mumbai, after Jet Airways quit on the Brussels Airport in 2016, moving to Amsterdam Schipol. The flight was announced as a five times a week operation on the Airbus A332 of Brussels Airlines. At that point in time, we were informed that Mumbai is the third most important intercontinental destination from Belgium.
However, it seems that plan has not worked out for them. Brussels Airlines has announced today that they are killing the flight to Mumbai in January 2018 and reallocating the resources to Africa, which is a crucial market for the Brussels Airlines.
Brussels Airlines’ Mumbai flights, which were launched in March 2017, will be stopped on January 6 for economic reasons, as the route does not deliver the anticipated results. At the same time, passengers still have ample alternative travel options via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich thanks to Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa and SWISS.
This move continues to show that Brussels – Mumbai does not show any promise whichever way you put it since the market is not an O&D market, but a connection market. Belgium is not as big a tourism centre such as Paris or London for Indians.
If you are planning to get some cheap tickets to get to Europe, you still have a few months to fly Brussels Airlines then. And if you are booked on Brussels Airlines after January 6, then you should contact Brussels Airlines to be accommodated on a group carrier such as Lufthansa or Swiss.
Have you flown on Brussels Airlines? How was your experience with them?