Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines and TUI fly Belgium join forces to relaunch Belgian air transport
Now that vaccination campaigns are gaining momentum and many people are eagerly waiting to be able to go on vacation, Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines and TUI fly Belgium are ready for the restart summer and look forward to welcoming more passengers in the safest and most pleasant circumstances.
At a press conference held on May 18 at the Sheraton at Brussels Airport, the CEOs of the three companies presented an overview of the measures to make travel possible and their offer for this summer.
After many difficult months of travel restrictions and even travel bans, Brussels Airport and the national carriers Brussels Airlines and TUI are ready for the summer season. Particular attention will be paid to safety, with health measures at the airport and on board aircraft constantly reinforced and updated. In addition, today 95% of travelers leave Brussels Airport with a negative PCR test. As for the network served, Brussels Airlines will operate flights to 78 destinations and TUI to 75 destinations.
A new way to travel, but better and in complete safety. For Brussels Airport, the safety and comfort of its passengers have always been a priority. In response to the current crisis, the airport has reiterated its ambition to be one of the best airports in Europe with the highest quality standards. Together with Brussels Airlines, TUI and all its partners, Brussels Airport has worked tirelessly to welcome a growing number of passengers wishing to travel in the coming weeks and months and to offer them a wide range of destinations.
The many health measures put in place for more than a year at the airport, such as cleaning, ventilation and social distancing, have been further strengthened. Particular attention has been paid to flow management, especially on busy days, with the creation of additional waiting areas on the sidewalk outside the departures hall. In practice, tents will be set up on the sidewalk in the coming days, to accommodate passengers when the check-in area becomes too crowded. This is to avoid the formation of queues and respect social distancing as much as possible.
More than ever, and pending the generalization of vaccination, screening remains the key element for safe travel. 95% of passengers departing from Brussels Airport have a negative PCR test dating back less than 72 hours, as required by the destination countries. This makes Brussels Airport one of the safest places. These tests can be carried out at Brussels Airport itself, in one of the two centers available to passengers.
âThe fact that 95% of our departing passengers have been tested, confirms that Brussels Airport offers a healthy and safe environment to its passengers. It is important that traveling once again becomes a pleasant experience for all â, Explain Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport.
âWe are delighted to welcome more passengers and offer them a wide range of destinations, but it is important that these trips remain enjoyable, stress-free, safe and, if possible, without major constraints on the return.
That is why, more than ever, we insist on the importance of European harmonization of travel conditions and restrictions and of the rapid introduction of the EU’s Covid-19 green certificate. We recommend strengthening passenger screening to reduce or even lift quarantine measures. “
78 destinations for Brussels Airlines
While preparing for a busy and successful summer, Brussels Airlines also stresses the importance of safe and accessible travel.
âThe increasing weekly booking figures show us very clearly that Belgians are eager to travel again. Brussels Airlines has developed a diversified holiday offer with traditional and new destinations. In addition to popular leisure destinations in Spain, Portugal and the Canary and Greek Islands, we are also adding new destinations to the network in France, Morocco and Egypt. So that all our passengers can plan their trip with peace of mind, we are extending the free rebooking policy. Brussels Airlines passengers can book their tickets to a new destination and / or new travel dates without paying a rebooking fee â, Explain Peter Gerber, CEO and CCO of Brussels Airlines.
And as more countries go orange or green and demand for travel increases, Gerber emphasizes the importance of harmonizing the rules. âIt is important for so many to be able to enjoy vacations again or to visit friends and relatives, which makes it all the more important to make travel accessible to all. Accepting rapid tests as is already the case in some neighboring countries would be a step in the right direction. In addition, we are eager to include the digital green certificate in the customer journey. ”
75 destinations for TUI fly
TUI fly, the airline of TUI Belgium and for years the well-known brand of leisure travel to sunny destinations, had to limit its offer to a selection of European airports. The growing number of areas in Europe that are changing from red to orange gives the airline a positive outlook for this summer. For non-European destinations, we’ll have to wait and see what summer and fall bring.
“At TUI, we will soon be faced with a traditionally busy holiday season in the south”, said Gunther Hofman, Managing Director of TUI fly Western Region. âAlthough our offer this year is only a fraction of our normal summer hours, we have seen a positive shift in recent weeks to European destinations that have lowered their code red alert status, along with the islands popular Greek and Spanish leaders. . It is a priority for TUI that travelers feel safe throughout their trip: during flights, transfers and at their hotel.
Travelers trust our expertise and, together with all our partners, we are making this promise a reality. We have also submitted a proposal to the government for a “travel corridor” to holiday destinations in the red zone, “sun and beach” holidays in a safe environment from departure to return to Belgium. Controlled bubbles and a strict number of tests would make quarantine unnecessary. We hope for a positive result so that Belgians can once again enjoy what they have been waiting for a long time: a safe holiday to their favorite destination.