Entries in Brussels (2)

Thursday
Jun232011

Czech Airlines inaugurates flights from new Bratislava hub

Over the next three days, Czech Airlines will commence a series of six new routes from its brand new hub in Bratislava, Slovakia.  This will result in two dozen new round-trip routes being available from the Slovakian capital, once the full schedule is rolled out by this coming Saturday.  Today, the Czech national airline will start round-trip routes between Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (IATA: BTS; ICAO: LZIB) in Bratislava, and three destinations.  The route will operate through Amsterdam (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM) four times a week, Rome (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) five times a week, and Paris (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) seven times a week.

Tomorrow, Czech Airlines will start a round-trip route between the new Slovakian hub and the Belgian capital, Brussels (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR).  Bratislava-Brussels will operate three times a week.  On Saturday, the airline will start new round-trip routes between Bratislava and two more destinations.  The routes inaugurated this Saturday will operate through Barcelona (IATA: BCN; ICAO: LEBL) twice a week, and the Cypriot resort town of Larnaca (IATA: LCA; ICAO: LCLK) thrice weekly.

Czech Airlines operates flights between its main hub at Ruzynĕ Airport (IATA: PRG; ICAO: LKPR) in Prague, and the Slovakian capital twice daily.

All six of these new routes will be flown with the Boeing 737-500, according to Czech Airlines.  A post to www.flightglobal.com from last month indicates that Czech Airlines "will not be facing any competition on any of the routes."  The Slovak Republic has been without a major airline since last year when Air Slovakia dissolved due to bankruptcy, becoming the third airline based in Slovakia to shut down in just a six month period.  Slovak Airlines, another former airline with a hub in Bratislava, went bankrupt and shut down in 2007.  Between last year and the recent announcement of the new Bratislava hub from Czech Airlines, the only airline to use Štefánik Airport as a hub has been the small regional airline Danube Wings.

The facility, opened in 1951, is located in the Bratislava suburb of Ivanka pri Dunaji, and was originally named for the suburb.  It is usually simply called Bratislava Airport by English speakers.  But it is still sometimes called Bratislava-Ivanka by local diehards, and online travel agencies and aggregators.

Additionally, TAP Portugal is starting a new seasonal route between its hub in Lisbon (IATA: LIS; ICAO: LPPT) and the Croatian seaside town of Dubrovnik (IATA: DVB; ICAO: LDDU).  Croatia Airlines codeshares on the route, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights, and it will operate once a week in both directions each Thursday.  It is flown with the Airbus A320-100 and -200, and will end on August 25.

original stories

Czech Airlines will offer 24 Direct Flights Weekly from Bratislava to Six European Metropolises (Czech Airlines)

Czech Airlines' Direct Flights Connect Bratislava to Transfer Hubs, and thus to the World (Czech Airlines)

Czech Airlines introduce flights from Bratislava to six new European destinations starting tomorrow (Czech Airlines)

Czech Airlines to Open Base at Bratislava (www.flightglobal.com)

CSA Czech Airlines Bratislava Base Operation Details (www.flightglobal.com)

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Sunday
Jun132010

Air Canada inaugurates non-stop Montréal-Brussels route

Yesterday, Air Canada began flying between Montréal, Québec, Canada, and Brussels, Belgium non-stop using the Boeing 767-300ER.  The two daily flights, one in each direction, will operate year-round.  According to the intended schedule, the aircraft departing Trudeau International in Montréal (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) for Brussels National (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR) will have come from Pearson International in Toronto (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ) 95 minutes earlier.  This allows air travelers departing from Pearson International, direct (though not non-stop) access to Brussels as well.  The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operating the flight have 211 seats for passengers, including an Executive First Class section.

The scheduled flights from Toronto, through Montréal, to Brussels, and back, will operate as Air Canada flights 832 and 833 respectively.  Their time slots are as follows.  The Boeing 767-300ER will depart Pearson International at around 5:00 in the afternoon ET, and is scheduled to arrive at Trudeau International at 6:10 in the afternoon ET.  It will leave from Trudeau International at around 7:45 in the evening ET, and arrive at Brussels National at about 8:35 CET the following morning.  For the return route, departure from Brussels is scheduled for 10:45 in the morning, CET, and arrival in Montréal is scheduled for 12:25 ET that same afternoon.  The onward flight to Toronto will depart Trudeau International around 2:00 ET in the afternoon, and arrive at Pearson around 3:15 ET.

At the time of this post, this new route was the only non-stop access to and from Brussels on Air Canada.  Air Canada is Canada’s flag carrier.  The airline was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Air Lines.  It acquired Canadian Airlines in 2001.  Air Canada has hubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montréal.

related stories

Delta will begin once-daily Seattle-Osaka route today (June 7, 2010)

Swiss International begins Zurich-San Francisco route (June 6, 2010)

Delta will fly between Seattle and Beijing starting Friday (June 1, 2010)

Air Canada begins flights between St. John’s and London (May 28, 2010)

Hawaiian Airlines gets nod from DOT for service to Haneda (May 9, 2010)

Delta now praises DOT for approving non-stop flights to Haneda (May 8, 2010)

original story (Air Canada)