MIAMI – Brussels Airlines (SN) registers a strong upsurge in summer vacation bookings for the first time since the COVID-19 travel restrictions came into effect.

The uptrend in booking started after April 19, when Belgians recovered their freedom to travel but has shown an even stronger trend during the past weeks benefitting from the positive effects of vaccination programs now running at full steam. Moreover, the nea&r future implementation of a European Health Pass has given more momentum pushing up reservations by 30% to 50%.

Brussels Airlines Airbus 320-200 in special Magritte Livery – Photo : Marco Macca/Airways

A Focus on Southern Europe

Preferred destinations are those in southern Europe, where summer is already well set in, and SN is set to take full advantage by adding up to 150 flights the cope with the demand. In the top ten list stand out Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Croatia, and France.

In detail, the destinations added are Malaga (AGP), Alicante (ALC), Barcelona (BCN), Valencia (VLC), the Balearic and Canary Islands for Spain. In Portugal SN will fly to Faro (FAO), Lisbon (LIS), and Porto (OPO). Greece will see SN flights land in Athens (ATH), Kos (KGS), Rodhes (RHO), Heraklion (HER), Corfu (CFU), and Zakynthos (ZTH).

Brussels Airlines Airbus 330-200 OO-SFD. Photo: Milan Witham/Airways

In Italy, SN schedule includes Florence (FLR), Naples (NAP), Sicily and Sardinia Islands, and Bari (BRI) while Croatian destinations are Dubrovnik (DBV) and Split (SPU, and Nice (NCE), Marseille (MRS), Lyon (LYS), Toulouse (TLS), and Bordeaux (BOD).

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Other Destinations

Also on the SN’s schedule are the new destinations including Tangiers (TNG), and Nador (NDR), in Morocco, now doubled from two to four flights per week. SN has also resumed its flights to the US, which were hibernated since the beginning of 2020, with two symbolic flights to New York (JFK) and Washington (IAD) on June 14 and 15 with the hope that travel restrictions rapidly ease and normal operations resume.

"Since mid-April, the booking figures have been showing us that many passengers are entrusting us with their travel once again." Peter Gerber, Brussels Airlines CCO.  Click To Tweet

“We are still in a difficult period and also the coming months will be very challenging, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We see an eagerness to travel and it is clear that many people do not want to postpone their long-awaited trip abroad with another year,” commented Peter Gerber, SN CCO.

Featured image: Brussels Airlines OO-SMM Airbus A319. Photo: Julian Schöpfer/Airways