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BRU As A Stopover  
User currently offlineEnviroTO From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 828 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

I have noticed BRU being used as a stopover for a number of new eastern Europe or Middle East flights to North America lately. Does Belgium have a very liberal air agreement with other countries compared to other European cities? Seems strange that so many are choosing BRU when BRU hasn't played a large role in the past.

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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Could be that BRU is close enough to the states but isn't as crowded as places like LHR, FRA, and AMS.

User currently offlineWassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 208 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Downtown Brussels is connected via high-speed railway, the Thalys train, to Paris' gigantic CDG airport several times a day, and it's a very short ride, 1 hour 20 mns or so. The Thalys railway station at CDG is located between the airport's terminals and is easily accessible by free shuttle. Downtown Brussels is also only 2hours 20 mns away from Amsterdam's Schipol Airport, by Thalys as well. These convenient rail connections coupled with Sabena's demise must have had an impact on intercontinental flights to BRU. For example, direct flights to New York were resumed only recently (AA in codeshare with SN Brussels).
I do not know how liberal the local authorities in BRU are in terms of granting fifth freedom rights. If they are ready to grant such rights, several international airlines with insufficient yields to justify nonstop transatlantic flights originating from their homebases, say in the Middle East, may find in BRU a source of additional revenue that can help fill these flights and make them profitable.
Regards
Wassch71

[Edited 2005-05-06 07:10:06]


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33045 posts, RR: 71
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Quoting Wassch71 (Reply 2):
For example, direct flights to New York were resumed only recently (AA in codeshare with SN Brussels).

No, they were not. Continental and Biman Bangladesh have served Brussels from New York City non-stop for years, and Delta resumed JFK-BRU almost immediately after VG went bust.



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User currently offlineWassch71 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2005, 208 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

You are right, MAH4546. The fact that SN Brussels did not fly to JFK after Sabena's demise until the recent codeshare with AA tricked me into thinking that nobody else was flying that route...
Regards
Wassch71



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