• Chidozie Uzoezie

Brussels Airlines Celebrates 15 Years of Flying to Africa

Brussels Airlines, the flag carrier and largest airline of Belgium is this summer, celebrating the 15th anniversary of successful flight operations to the African continent.

With 17 sub-Saharan destinations and 79 flights every week, Brussels Airlines is one of the most important European players in Africa, both in passenger traffic as in freight activity.

In 2002, Brussels Airlines commenced flight operations to Africa with a service to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, it has carried over 8 million passengers between Brussels and Africa.

In 2002, the airline operated 38 weekly flights to 13 African destinations which included Kinshasa, Dakar, Banjul, Conakry, Monrovia, Douala, Yaoundé, Kigali, Entebbe, Nairobi, Abidjan, Luanda and Freetown.

Currently, Brussels Airlines operates 82 flights per week to 17 destinations in Africa which now include Bujumbura, Cotonou, Accra and Ouagadougou.

On the African continent, Brussels Airlines offers direct employment to almost 400 staff members some of whom have launched their own projects with the support of the company.

Brussels Airlines is also very active in Africa in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility. The Brussels Airlines ‘ for Africa’, which supports good causes, has a strong focus on health care in Africa.

Every two years, Brussels Airlines organizes a ‘Bike for Africa’ mountain bike tour involving 70 participants biking through an African country to raise money for a local organization.

Member of Lufthansa Group, Brussels Airlines is a Belgian airline offering the widest choice of flights to and from Brussels. With 51 aircraft, it operates 300 daily flights to over 100 destinations including 17 in Africa.

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