Craig Bradbrook, Vice President Aviation Services, GTAA; His Excellency Raoul Delcorde, Belgium Ambassador to Canada; Christophe Allard, Director North America, Brussels Airlines; Hans DeHaan, Director, Lufthansa Group Canada.

Brussels Airlines starts new service to Toronto after brief delay

TORONTO – Following a brief holdup due to the recent closure of the Brussels airport, Brussels Airlines held a celebration at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport yesterday to commemorate the new Canadian flight service between Toronto and Brussels. The services gives Canadians more options when flying abroad, with Brussels Airlines servicing more than 90 destinations including 19 African countries.

“We are delighted to add Toronto and Canada to our growing network and to introduce our award winning in-flight product to the market. Our new service will allow passengers not only to fly directly to the heart of Europe but also to continue their journey, thanks to the many onward connections we offer out of our home base and Star Alliance hub at Brussels Airport,” said Christophe Allard, Brussels Airlines Director North America

Brussels Airlines offers five weekly flights between Toronto Pearson and Brussels Airport. The flight leaves Toronto every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 18h30 in the evening and arrives the next morning in Brussels at 07:50 a.m. local time. The flight to Toronto leaves Brussels Airport at 10:30 a.m. and arrives at Pearson Airport at 01:20 p.m. local time.

The new service is operated with Airbus A330 aircraft that are equipped with the airline’s state of the art Business and Economic Class cabins. During the flight, passengers can enjoy on-demand in-flight entertainment, taste Belgian beers and chocolates and sample culinary delights prepared by Belgian Michelin-starred chefs (only on flights out of Brussels).

The launch of the new service was delayed due to the closure of the Brussels Airport following the tragic terrorist attacks in March. The first flight to Toronto set off four days after the reopening of the airport. Operations at the airport are slowly getting back to normal, with 225 of a normally scheduled 350 flights per day currently running.

“My country was recently shaken by dramatic events and we are trying to restore the situation which will again create the sense of hospitality characterized by Belgium,” said His Excellency Raoul Delcorde, Belgium Ambassador to Canada. “Right now Brussels Airport is the most secure airport in the world because of added vigilance, tightened security and the determination to get operations back to normal.” Passengers will be able to book these Brussels Airlines flights through Lufthansa’s partner Air Canada.