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BRU As A Stopover

Fri May 06, 2005 3:51 am

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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RE: BRU As A Stopover

Fri May 06, 2005 3:53 am

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

Fri May 06, 2005 1:44 pm

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.
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RE: BRU As A Stopover

Fri May 06, 2005 1:52 pm

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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RE: BRU As A Stopover

Fri May 06, 2005 2:06 pm

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...
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