The Belgian airline started operations in Kenya in 2002 and has been flying tourists, entrepreneurs, conference delegates and diplomats to and from Nairobi.
“Brussels Airlines has announced that their regular service between Nairobi and Brussels will cease as of October 24th 2015,” Country Manager Pierre Declerck said. “All of us at Brussels Airlines, and its predecessor Sabena, are proud of our long association with Kenya.”
The airline however says its exit will be replaced by the German airline Lufthansa, which will fly passengers to and from Frankfurt beginning October.
“As we hand over to our Lufthansa Group colleagues, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our passengers and business partners for their trust. All SWISS and Lufthansa flights out of Nairobi are operated in close cooperation with Brussels Airlines (in code-share) and I am convinced that our customers are in best hands with our partner airlines,” Declerck said.
Early this month, Lufthansa announced that it will be resuming its direct flights to Kenya after 18 years. The airline will be flying its Airbus A340-300 to Nairobi four times a week from October 27 this year and five times a week from December 11.
While in absence in Kenya, Lufthansa has been relying on its partners Brussels Airlines and Swissair, which are code-shared, to connect their passengers to Nairobi.
Brussels Airlines says it is optimistic that passengers from and to Kenya will take the options of Swissair and Lufthansa, who will offer direct flights between Europe and Nairobi.