During the recent works council meeting between Brussels Airlines management and the trade unions, it was announced that a number of destinations would be cancelled in order to improve the profitability: the network would be downsized from 78 to 56 European destinations, and from 20 to 18 long-haul.
It has now been disclosed which destinations will be removed from the network during this summer season:
Three African destinations are abandoned:
- Marrakesh (Morocco),
- Conakry (Guinea), and
- Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
The following destinations, mainly inherited from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium or located in Eastern Europe, will no longer be served:
- Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain),
- Billund (Denmark),
- Bristol (England, UK),
- Calvi and Figari (Corsica, France),
- Comiso (Sicily, Italy),
- Funchal (Madeira, Portugal),
- Hanover (Germany),
- Hurghada (Egypt),
- Chania, Kos, Rhodes, Santorini and Zakynthos (Greek islands),
- Warsaw and Krakow (Poland),
- Moscow Sheremetyevo and Saint Petersburg (Russia),
- Vilnius (Lithuania)
- Almeria, Seville and Valencia (Spain), and
- Zadar and Zagreb (Croatia)
During the works council meeting, it was also mentioned that the number of night stops should be reduced to a minimum. If applicable to all Lufthansa Group airlines, it would mean that Frankfurt and Munich (operated exclusively by Luftansa aircraft with a night stop in Brussels) and Zurich (operated exclusively by SWISS with also a night stop in Brussels) could be in part operated by Brussels Airlines aircraft.
In the long term (2024-2026), Brussels Airlines might acquire Airbus A321XLR aircraft and operate new long-haul destinations: Miami, Newark and Boston (USA) have been mentioned in North America, a return to Nairobi (Kenya) and a new destination Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) in Africa.