Air Belgium launches flights from Brussels South Charleroi to French Antilles, mulls more destinations

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Air Belgium will fly from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Fort-de-France, Martinique, and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, twice per week as from 7 December 2019.

The “Comité Martiniquais du Tourisme” has confirmed the launch of the route to Martinique of the Belgian leisure airline during Winter 2019-2020.

Air Belgium confirmed the launch of these flights via their Facebook account and updated website, and added that another route to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, was added on the same day.

Air Belgium also confirmed the schedule, with flights operated on Sunday and Wednesday as from 7 December 2019, the departure from CRL is operated on late morning.

Schedule, via Airlineroute :

KF5961 CRL – FDF 10:45 – 15:45 A343 –3–6- 07/12/2019 – 29/04/2020
KF5961 FDF – PTP 17:15 – 18:00 A343 –3–6- 07/12/2019 – 29/04/2020
KF5961 PTP – CRL 20:00 – 09:20+1 A343 –3–6- 07/12/2019 – 29/04/2020

Prices as from €345 in Economy, €739 in Premium Economy and €1739 in Business class, taxes and luggage included. Booking opens on Monday 22 July in the morning.

Aviation24.be had revealed discussions between Martinique authorities and Air Belgium earlier this year.

Nicolas Boulart, a spokesman of Air Belgium, said to RTBF television channel: “It is a premiere, as there has been no direct route from Belgium. (…) If success is there, it is not excluded to see the offer extended in the time.”

About Hong Kong, he said: “Aviation is a difficult sector, we had bad luck with investors about Hong Kong. We have taken the time to study the opportunities while recruiting.”

Air Belgium CEO Niky Terzakis said it wasn’t possible to link Belgium to China in 2019, as they were too late, but in 2020, the airline intends to launch two new destinations in China.

Financial newspaper L’Echo added that Air Belgium has also as a project to launch flights to Miami and Kinshasa.

Kinshasa can expect two weekly flights, with the possibility for another airline to take passengers further to such destinations as Goma.

Miami is a destination given up by TUI fly Belgium in September 2019.

However, Air Belgium denies these comments of the shareholders.

Here is the official announcement by Air Belgium:

Air Belgium launches direct flights to French Antilles

Mont-Saint-Guibert, 16 July 2019 – Air Belgium announces the launch of two new regular scheduled services to the French Antilles, from Brussels Charleroi Airport.

The new service will directly connect Belgium to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe and to Fort-de-France in Martinique with two flights per week starting on December 7, 2019.

With a departure from Brussels Charleroi Airport in the late morning, the schedule offers maximum comfort to passengers coming from Belgium, but also from France, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Netherlands and west of Germany. In addition, Brussels Charleroi Airport is an easily accessible airport, that offers passengers a speedy and efficient terminal processing from parking until boarding of the aircraft.

The flights will be operated with Airbus A340 aircraft configured in three classes layout. The fares start from:

  • For Economy class EUR 345 per return all-in (checked-in luggage included)
  • For Premium class EUR 739 per return all-in
  • For Business class EUR 1,739 per return all-in

Air Belgium guarantees full service, including checked-in luggage allowance for lowest fare, meal and beverage service, and access to its dedicated modern and cosy lounge for passengers in Business and Premium class.

Air Belgium chose Guadeloupe and Martinique – two islands offering guaranteed sunny weather, the discovery of a warm and welcoming population, preserved nature and high-quality local gastronomy and products. Basically, the assurance of a complete change of scenery without leaving Europe.

Travellers do not require a visa or specific vaccines. The local currency is the Euro and French and English are widely spoken across the island.

Water sports, yachting, hiking, fine dining or nature lover: there is something for everyone in Guadeloupe and Martinique.

By opening these new routes with departure from Belgium, Air Belgium keeps its promise to offer its passengers comfortable, qualitative and affordable long haul flights.

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