Brussels Airlines is relaunching its routes connecting Brussels to Bristol and Hannover, previously operated by wet-lease partner flybmi, with the new services to launch from September.

The Belgian airline will reconnect Bristol with Brussels, due to the “strategic importance” of the connection for the airline and in response to demand. The service was previously operated by the airline’s wet-lease partner flybmi, until the regional airline’s bankruptcy in February 2019.

Launching in September, the route will be served six times a week until 27 October when frequency will increase to 12 weekly flights. The flights will be operated with a CRJ900 by CityJet on behalf of the airline.

“We are delighted Brussels Airlines will be returning to Bristol Airport and operating flights between Bristol and Brussels,” said Nigel Scott, business development director, Bristol Airport adding that the service will appeal to both business and leisure travellers and will offer opportunities for inbound visitors using Bristol as a gateway to the region.

Andreas Koester senior director sales for the UK, Ireland and Iceland, Lufthansa Group said the connection between Bristol and Brussels “is an important expansion to the Lufthansa Group network in the UK.”

He added: “With two flights daily out of Bristol, Brussels Airlines offers point-to-point passengers a flexible schedule and creates a broad range of possibilities for passengers connecting to one of the many other destinations in our network.”

As well as being famous for its creative and media industry, Bristol is home to a large Airbus facility in Filton and the reopened route to Brussels is expected to offer a connection between Bristol’s Airbus facility and those of Tolouse and Hamburg.

The airline is also relaunching its route from Brussels to Hannover, which was similarly previously served by flybmi.

Launching from the start of September, the airline will connect Brussels with Hannover five times a week, increasing flight frequencies to six times a week from 27 October. Flights to the German destination will be operated with a CRJ900 by CityJet on behalf of Brussels Airlines.

The airline said the connection is also a popular route for business travellers and added, “Situated in the middle of Germany and Europe, Hannover is also a particularly attractive business location for domestic and international visitors.”

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