Air Belgium: Permanent suspension of flights between Charleroi and the West Indies

Air Belgium has officially stopped serving the Caribbean region and ended flights from Charleroi airport. The announcement of the termination of these routes follows recent reports that Air Belgium is facing financial problems.

Air Belgium had an ambitious schedule planned when it launched its maiden flight in December 2019. With just two Airbus A340s, the Belgian-owned carrier is on a mission to prove there is still room for carriers that offer long-haul flights at affordable prices from Belgium. However, a few months after starting operations in Europe, the Belgian carrier announced that it had suspended all flights from Charleroi after encountering difficulties across its operations.

From its Brussels-Zaventem hub, Air Belgium will only maintain its flights to Mauritius, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Although Air Belgium intended to expand its route network with new destinations such as Fort de France in Martinique or Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe, these plans were put on hold indefinitely due to continued losses. Supply and demand issues also impacted seat sales, forcing the Belgian airline to give up hope of becoming a major player in the long-haul market and refocus on main areas of the Brussels Airport catchment area – while ending its non-stop service from Charleroi.

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