Brussels Airlines hope to resume flight to Freetown, Sierra Leone next month

International flights to and from Sierra Leone were grounded by the government of Sierra Leone two months ago, in response to the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, which now stands at almost a thousand.

Brussels Airlines hope to resume flight to Freetown, Sierra Leone next month
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Brussels Airlines hope to resume flight to Freetown, Sierra Leone next month

This decision by the Sierra Leone government came as countries around the world closed their airports to help curb the transmission of the virus.

But airport lockdowns may soon come to an end, as governments and airlines across the world begin to put measures in place for the safe reopening of airports and resumption of international flights.

Writing in a press statement yesterday, Brussels Airlines – a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, said it is planning to resume flights to Freetown on the 17th of July 2020.

“The  more  restricted  we  are,  the  greater  the  longing  for  the  outside  world. And  even  though  we  are  still  far  from  normal,  the  world  is  carefully opening  up  again.  For  all those  who  now  feel  the  desire  to  visit  friends  or  family,  to  attend  business  appointments  in person  or  simply  to  enjoy  a  holiday  again,  there  is  good  news operations!

“After  an  interruption  of  12  weeks,  Brussels  Airlines  will  resume  flight  operations  on  15  June 2020.  In  summer  2020,  we  will  offer  a  reduced  route  network  with  240  flights  weekly.  This  is around  30%  of  the  European  connections  and  40%  of  intercontinental  connections  originally planned.

“Brussels  Airlines  will  expand  its  route  network  gradually,  enabling  private  and  business travellers  to  reach  60  destinations in  34  countries  by  the  end  of August  2020.

“The  Brussels  Airlines  offer  at  a  glance – 45  destinations in  20  European countries,  including  Denmark, France,  Germany, Greece,  Italy,  Portugal and  Spain; 14 destinations in Africa, 1 destination in the USA (New York). The launch of flights to the new destination Montreal has been postponed until next year.

“Flights from Freetown will restart from the 17th of July – subject to the lifting of actual travel restrictions and approval of schedule by the authorities of Sierra Leone. Flights will operate to/from Freetown on July 17 and 31, August 14 and 28. Regular weekly schedules will start from September.  Currently, the flight schedule of Brussels Airlines is being updated for the period between 15th of June and 31st of August.

“Since operations will resume with a limited flight program, for the above mentioned period further flight cancellations and schedule changes are being effected. These adaptations will be gradually implemented in the booking systems as of today; impacted PNRs will appear in your queue. We expect reservations systems to show the updated flight program as of the 4th of June.

“You can rebook passengers affected by the flight cancellations according to our involuntary rebooking rules. Alternatively, you can make a rebooking free of charge for passengers who want to change their routing based on the extended goodwill rules.”