The Belgian carrier, Brussels Airlines will be suspending all flights until 19 April 2020.
“Flight schedule will be gradually decreased in the course of this week, to reach a temporary full suspension of the flights by this Saturday.” airline said in a statement
“Given the extraordinary circumstances caused by the worldwide Coronavirus crisis, Brussels Airlines has decided to temporarily suspend its flight operations from 21 March 2020. Between now and then, Brussels Airlines’ flight operations will be reduced gradually in a controlled and structured manner in order to bring passengers and crews home.” airline added
All intercontinental departures to Africa, will as of tomorrow 17 March be postponed to the afternoon, for connectivity reasons with the short haul network.
The Belgian carrier will continue to keep a minimal capacity on standby base for repatriation flights should this be required.
“Brussels Airlines employees are already working in a 30% temporary technical unemployment regime since 16 March. Together with its social partners, the company is working on the expansion of the partial temporary technical unemployment to 100% for the period of the temporary flight suspension. Some exceptions to the full temporary unemployment will be made to cover the repatriation flights and the restart of the operations.”