May 14, 2008, 7:44 AM
the wake of the global spread of the Covid-19, which has now hit The Gambia,
Brussels Airlines has announced that it will temporarily suspend all flights to
and from African countries including The Gambia as of 21 March until 19th April
In this vein, its flight schedule will decrease in the course of this week, to reach a temporary full suspension of the flights by Saturday.
“We have already started working on the restart of our operations, planned on 20 April” says CEO Dieter Vranckx.
“The decision of Brussels Airlines to temporarily suspend all its flights between 21 March and 20 April has also been taken following the measures imposed by different authorities, such as the negative travel advice of the Belgian authorities, which Brussels Airlines fully understands, and the increasing number of national authorities in Europe and beyond who no longer allow flights to their territory. As of today, 17 March, the airline will gradually reduce its flight schedule until 20 March. From 21 March until 19 April included, all flights will be suspended. A continued and extended goodwill policy for customers is in place, offering them the opportunity to reschedule their flights to a later date” the release added.
Brussels Airlines CEO Dieter Vranckx: “We will continuously monitor the situation and communicate accordingly, planning a restart of our operations on 20 April to welcome our guests on board again. As a responsible company, we need to take the decision to temporarily cease our operations. It will allow us to reduce the negative financial impact on our company”.
“Passengers on flights that were planned within the next days and are cancelled due to the current extraordinary situation are automatically rebooked. Brussels Airlines asks passengers with a flight now until Friday to check the status of their rebooking at brusselsairlines.com under “My Booking”. Customers who have provided their telephone number or e-mail address during the booking process, as well as members of the frequent flyer program Miles & More, will be automatically informed about changes in the flight program by SMS or e-mail. Passengers whose scheduled flights do not take place in the next 4 days are requested to refrain from contacting the Service Center in the coming days. This way, they give the service center agents the opportunity to first take care of those customers who have a prompt departure. Brussels Airlines is offering all passengers an extended goodwill arrangement: Passengers have time until 1 June to decide on a new travel date and, if they choose, to change their ticket to a different destination. Brussels Airlines puts all its efforts into restarting its operations after the crisis” the release concludes.