Brussels: which airline to choose?
Often when planning a trip by air, we confront the necessity of changing planes and flying via a city we originally did not intend to stay in. Moreover, sometimes the stop-over means a couple of hours of enforced stay in the city in question. It does not have to be that irritating though – you can turn it to your advantage. The easiest way out is to plan your itinerary so as you spend the stopover in an interesting spot with a relatively big airport which in is served by a couple of bigger airlines. All this makes the city a good point of departure for your further trip. Brussels with its status of the largest metropolitan area in Belgium, the de facto capitol city of the European Union, and with its two airports appears to be a such a place. We leave to you to explore the charm of the Belgian capitol. What we want to focus on is which airlines fly from Brussels.
Our first choice is obvious, a carrier with «Brussels» in its name, that is Brussels Airlines. This flag carrier and Star Alliance member has a rather sizable route network stretching over Europe, Asia and Africa. The lion's share of it's over 65 destinations is serviced from Brussels Airport which gives us plenty of opportunities when planning the itinerary. We started out with the premise that one is forced to make a stopover in Brussels but in fact it is worth considering going via Brussels for its own sake. Flying from London to Barcelona this autumn? A direct fly with British Airways will cost you over GBP 70 whereas the combination of flights London – Brussels and Brussels – Barcelona with one day's stopover will cost around €70–80. In other words, more or less the same price and way more attractions.
Now for Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium which by and large is known for its selection of top leisure destinations stretching from Greece, Egypt and Croatia to Spain. You can easily find out what is the current repertoire of low-budget flights from this carrier by going straight to the promotion tab on the official page. A short glance reveals that aside from Liege and Ostend these are flights from Brussels that dominate here. As for the prices, the regular last minute promotion will cost between €80–100. The choice of this airline means in practice that you further route will go southwards. Given the great appeal various leisure destinations enjoy, one can hardly perceive it a disadvantage.
Last but not least, we will briefly take up the subject of Jetairfly which operates from the both Brussels airports and which together will a couple of other carriers is a part of the alliance TUI Airlines. With a network of 77 destinations covering four continents, Jetairfly gives you a decent choice. Again a flavour of what you can get hold of if you are lucky enough: Brussels – Istanbul for €19.99 or Brussels – Casablanca for €29.99 can only be described as a real bargain price, can it not?
We hope we have managed to give you the incentive to seriously consider including in it in your itinerary. What to do in Brussels ? Explore all its attractions and the opportunities it gives. Good luck travellers!
Slawomir Budziak, Sep 10, 2010
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