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BeNeLux Aviation # 7

Tue May 24, 2016 1:19 am

Let's start this 7th installment with so-so news. Brussels Airlines reports April 2016 traffic is down 17% year-on-year. European destinations are responsible for most of the decrease. While passenger numbers from JFK and IAD are down, the addition of YYZ results in a net 10% increase on TATL flights. The African network remains the airline's best asset, with traffic up 3%. Average load factor was 66%.

Obviously the airport bombing and the chaotic reopening are to blame for the decrease, but the limited capacity of the airport also means that Brussels Airlines operated at the most 85% of its usual flights. Easter holiday was also in April last year, versus March this year.

With the end of pre-screening for all passengers and increased airport capacity, the airline reports passenger numbers are increasing in May. United, ANA and Delta all report passenger traffic is trending up again. Delta has even upgauged JFK to an A330 again, and United's flights at the beginning and end of the week are nearly full.

Airport authorities and airlines are working together to move as many carriers out of the temporary check-in facilities, including rescheduling flights if necessary.

From a personal experience, I'd say both departure and arrival need further work. I can't understand why the meeting point for arriving passengers has been moved to the sidewalk across from the terminal. All it does is protect the building, not the passengers and greeters, and it's not three soldiers standing guard that's going to change my opinion.

The drop-off point for passengers needs much better signage. As far as the pre-screening is concerned, it seems the procedure is to send every passenger to pre-screening until the line stretches the length of the tent, then other passengers are directed to the bypass, with no verification whatsoever as to whether or not they have a boarding pass.

[Edited 2016-05-23 18:23:26]
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Re: BeNeLux Aviation # 7

Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:41 am

easyJet will start LUX-LYS three times per week effective 01NOV16 :

U2 4481 LYS 0840 - 0955 LUX -2-----
U2 4481 LYS 1010 - 1125 LUX ---45--

U2 4482 LUX 1030 - 1140 LYS -2-----
U2 4482 LUX 1200 - 1310 LYS ---45--

Hop has launch this route last march with six weekly flights operated by ATR42s, I guess that will be dropped soon.
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Re: BeNeLux Aviation # 7

Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:55 pm

Nordica will start CPH-GRQ v.v.11x weekly effective 19SEP16:

JP 7841 // CPH 07:35 - 08:45 GRQ // 12345--
JP 7842 // GRQ 09:10 - 10:20 CPH // 12345--

JP 7845 // CPH 17:35 - 18:50 GRQ // 12345-7
JP 7846 // GRQ 19:15 - 20:25 CPH // 12345-7

All times local.
Initially operated by a leased E145 (BMI) and replaced by a CRJ7 from the end of October onwards. The flights will have connections/codeshares on all Star Alliance flights out of Copenhagen. This connects GRQ with many international and intercontinental destinations.
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Re: BeNeLux Aviation # 7

Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:19 pm

Brussels Airlines will open BRU-BOM starting from the S17 season, it will be flown 5x per week with an Airbus A330.

Press release: ... ndia-again

No timetable (yet)
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Re: BeNeLux Aviation # 7

Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:11 pm

HV will start AMS-MUC (4 weekly) and AMS-ZRH (3 weekly) from 17FEB2017
KL and LH already operate AMS-MUC, AMS-ZRH is already operated by KL and LX, DS will start the route this fall.
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