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