PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11256 posts, RR: 63 Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2419 times:
Virgin express is a LCC, plus you have Vueling flying to BRU from Barcelona and Valencia. In addition, according to their site, BMI Baby also fly from BRU to EDI, LBA, EMA and LHR, the latter though may mean that they are just selling tickets on the mainline carriers aircraft.
Also BRU is situated in between two of Europe's largest hubs, AMS and CDG, there already is a good rail link to the south from Paris and a high speed line to Amsterdam is expected to open soon. EZY already operate hubs from both of these, so would they find enough traffic to do the same in BRU?
BrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
As said, FR is based at CRL a bit South of Brussels and that, combined with the relatively low-priced and midly flexible offerings or SN/TV at BRU, would make a harder market to enter than developing the low-cost product at an untapped more remote location. It will cost a big investment to whoever wants to slice a quantifyable share of the market.
And as mentioned, there are lots of low-cost operators at BRU and CRL including Ryanair, SkyEurope, Virgin Express, Vueling, WizzAir, etc.
Also, BRU is not keen to block slots and gates for non transit, low spending profiles.
I'm not so sure it would. I know that the BA/SN duopoly on MAN-BRU produces fares of a minimum of £87, booked well in advance, but I doubt that there's enough tourist traffic between the two to support a 733 operated by LS, especially only once a day (which pretty much discounts business traffic). I might be wrong though.
I think LS might not do as well as they expect on MAN-CDG, and Paris is a prime international leisure destination.
Quoting Aussie_ (Reply 7): I would have thought Air Berlin is a candidate for BRU for flights to perhaps Berlin and Munich. BRU-Germany can be outragiously expensive.
Similar situation, where perhaps the type of passenger between MAN/BRU/BER and MUC is primarily on business.