Air Belgium connects Belgium and South Africa and thirty-eight other destinations on the African continent

Air Belgium Airbus A330neo – © Eric Magnan

With the launch of its new routes between Brussels Airport, Johannesburg and Cape Town, Air Belgium offers business and leisure travelers direct flights to South Africa and thirty-eight destinations in Southern Africa.

Air Belgium restores direct air connections between Belgium and South Africa. From September 14, travelers will take off from Brussels Airport every Wednesday and Sunday at 19:45 – arriving in Johannesburg at 07:15 the next day – with a continuation to Cape Town (Cape Town) and arrival at 11:00 (local time at both destinations).

“This is an exciting and important chapter for Air Belgium”, says Niky Terzakis, CEO.

South Africa is one of the most important economic markets for Belgium. The reintroduction of these air links, suspended for more than thirty years, is eagerly awaited. About two hundred Belgian companies are established or have subsidiaries in South Africa. The air links between these two countries are therefore essential for these companies. They support trade and overall economic development. Belgium is also South Africa’s sixth largest trading partner.

It should be noted that there are on average 60,000 passengers per year departing from Belgium, despite the fact that there are no direct flights. This number should easily reach 80,000 by 2024. The new Air Belgium routes will fill this gap. It should also be noted that many Belgians live and work in South Africa.

This launch also marks the beginning of a major partnership between Air Belgium and the largest South African company, Air Link. Indeed, Air Belgium will now not only offer tickets to Johannesburg and Cape Town but also to no less than thirty-eight destinations on the African continent via the extensive Air Link network. Sixteen domestic destinations in South Africa and twenty-two destinations in eleven other countries on the continent.

This agreement allows Air Belgium to offer the most direct and fastest connections, departing from Brussels Airport with fair fares and the lowest CO2 rate.

“For Brussels Airport, the launch of the South Africa route by Air Belgium marks an important step in the extension of our network of destinations with Cape Town and Johannesburg, explains Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport. After no less than 20 years, we are particularly proud that this route is open again. This confirms that Brussels Airport is the right choice for Air Belgium’s long-haul services. We both have a diverse clientele including Belgian and foreign residents, as well as transfer passengers. We also share a passion for exceptional passenger experience and tailored services. This new destination will be operated with Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, which combine environmental and economic performance with excellent comfort. This aircraft fits perfectly with our commitment to developing a sustainable future for aviation.”

FLIGHTS OFFERED VIA AIR BELGIUM AND AIR LINK

South Africa: Durban, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, George, Skukuza, Upington, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Sishen, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Cape Town, East London
Democratic Republic of Congo: Lubumbashi
Tanzania: Dar Es Salaam
Angola: Luanda
Zimbabwe: Harare, Victoria Falls
Namibia: Windhoek, Walvis Bay
Zambia: Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone
Uganda: Entebbe
Botswana: Gabarone, Maun, Kasane
Mozambique: Maputo, Vilanculos, Nampula, Pemba, Beira, Tete
Lesotho: Moshoeshoe
Madagascar: Antananarivo, Nosy Be

“The social and economic ties between Belgium and South Africa are historic and well established. The historical link between South Africa and Belgium is important, especially considering the importance of Brussels to the European Union. Air access and connectivity in South Africa have seen a watershed moment caused by the COVID pandemic. Airlink is privileged to have survived this change and capitalized on the opportunities that presented themselves. Our reputation is built on our ability to provide exceptional service, unparalleled reliability, on-time flights and genuine service. Air transport markets are rapidly returning to pre-crisis levels and there is currently an imbalance between demand and supply, so the timing could not be better for Air Belgium to enter the market with Brussels Airport as a central gateway to Europe, and Johannesburg and Cape Town ensuring reciprocity. It is therefore with great pleasure that we enter into this commercial partnership and welcome Air Belgium to South Africa and Airlink’s comprehensive network of destinations in Southern Africa,” said Rodger Foster, CEO Airlink.

Air Belgium passengers are offered three classes of service on board the company’s A330neos (30 business class seats, 21 premium class seats and 235 economy class seats). These aircraft, equipped with the latest technologies, are the most modern to fly under the Belgian flag. The company promotes, more than ever, Belgium and its know-how through its services and in particular with typical Belgian dishes, the provision of local products on board, its humility, its humor and the hospitality of its staff.

“We often talk about ‘Belgitude’ and our motto is ‘Fly Belgian Class’, which consists in giving pleasure and comfort to passengers in all travel classes,” says Niky Terzakis. “And while our travelers appreciate our fun and engaging approach to travel, we also offer them what really matters: a safe and seamless trip, all-inclusive prices including a generous baggage allowance. We also offer travelers an eco-friendly travel option as the Airbus A330neo consumes on average 25% less fuel compared to previous generation aircraft. In terms of comfort, our aircraft offer the best: quieter cabins, adjustable lighting, a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system and Wi-Fi internet connection throughout the flight”.

Fares start from €553 for an all-inclusive return ticket between Brussels Airport and Johannesburg and from €722 between Brussels Airport and Cape Town. All passengers are entitled to a minimum baggage allowance of 30 kg and meals are included from economy class.

September 14, 2022

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