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Brussels Airline to add four flights to East Africa

( Belgian flag carrier Brussels Airlines is to introduce four more aircraft for its East African customers. This is in a review of its operations in the region that will see the line take on competition from Nairobi and Entebbe.

In the realignment that takes effect from December 16, Entebbe will get two new direct flights to Europe per week while Rwanda and Burundi will get an additional service each. Nairobi, however, will suffer a reduction in flights as the line will withdraw the sixth flight that has been operating on Sundays.

According to available figures, Brussels Airlines has been getting more passengers to and from other places in East Africa than Nairobi. Until now, the airline has been flying three times a week to Entebbe, twice to Kigali and once to Bujumbura. These routes have seen buoyant growth in the past year with load factors exceeding 70 per cent.

Under the new schedule, the Wednesday and Sunday flights will originate in Bujumbura and pass through Entebbe en route to Brussels while the Monday and Friday services from Entebbe will be routed through Nairobi.

The Sunday and Wednesday flights from Bujumbura have been routed through Entebbe to raise initial volumes but also because the Burundi capital suffers security restrictions that don’t allow night time flying.

Brussels Airlines is so far the only European airline flying into Kigali and Bujumbura. The additional flights are seen as driven by the need to take more northbound traffic from Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airways, which have long been feeding their hubs from there.

Presently, there is no direct service to Tanzania. The northern territories of Mwanza and Arusha are currently served through a code share arrangement with Precision Air which flies to Entebbe. This may change when Brussels reviews its options after it receives a fifth aircraft for its international fleet in 2008.

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