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Brussels Airlines expands European network with Riga

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At the end of month October Brussels Airlines will start flights between Riga and Brussels. The capital of Latvia will be connected to the European capital with 6 flights per week.

Lufthansa Group and Star Alliance member Brussels Airlines will operate six weekly flights to Riga International Airport, all in the afternoon. This new service will certainly support the upcoming EU Presidency of Latvia. The flight schedule also offers excellent connection possibilities with other Brussels Airlines destinations, including Rome, Barcelona, Birmingham, Lyon, Manchester and Hamburg.

The flights will be operated in collaboration with codeshare partner Air Baltic. The route will be launched with AVRO RJ 100 aircraft. This type will be replaced by larger Airbus 319 aircraft in course of 2015. The ticket sale has also already started on the website www.brusselsairlines.com. Tickets can also be purchased via all travel agencies.

“We are very happy to add this important European city that was still missing in our network, to our growing flight offer”, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “With Latvia we now connect a second Baltic State to Brussels Airport and to the European capital, after we started flying to Lithuania a few years ago. This investment in a scheduled connection with Latvia, a country that is preparing for the EU presidency, also illustrates that Brussels Airlines fully assumes its role as the main carrier of the European capital. Latvia takes over the European presidency next year, which will significantly increase market demand for direct flights to and from the European capital. We also believe that this new flight service will further develop the economic and cultural ties between Latvia and Belgium.”

About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from its base in Brussels Airport. The group has more than 3.300 employees and 49 aircraft that operate some 300 punctual flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to over 70 premium European, African airports and US Airports.

On its European routes, operated with AVRO and Airbus A319/A320 aircraft, Brussels Airlines offers the choice of a premium service at a very high level (“b.business”), an ultra-flexible product, which offers time-saving and comfort at reasonable prices (“b.flex economy+”) and a low fare product (“b.light economy”). On medium- and long-haul flights, the airline operates traditional business or economy class. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines is owned by SN Airholding and is backed up by more than 80 years of aviation experience in Belgium. In June 2009, The largest shareholder is the Lufthansa Group owning 45 % to the total shares. Brussels Airlines has been a member of the global airline alliance Star Alliance since 9 December 2009.

More information on  www.brusselsairlines.com

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