Air Belgium has announced it will be increasing the number of flights on offer from its base at Brussels Charleroi airport to Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. Starting from 20 November 2020, the airline will offer two weekly flights to both Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre.
It’s safe to say that everyone was a little confused when leasing airline Air Belgium announced last year that they would begin to offer direct flights to the Caribbean. The airline was making a success of itself by leasing its aircraft; British Airways was one of its biggest customers using Air Belgium’s Airbus A340s in place of the grounded Boeing 787.
Eyes were peeled to see how successful the new routes to the Caribbean would be for the airline. Especially considering the airline was forced to scrap its Hong Kong routes, as its wet-leasing operations were clearly more successful. These new Caribbean flights would be the airline’s only flights operated under its own name.
But what they got wrong in Hong Kong they appear to have gotten right this time. Initially, the airline tested the Caribbean waters by offering one flight to Martinique and one to Guadeloupe per week for the winter 2019 season. However, at the start of October, they quickly announced they were extending the schedule to include the summer 2020 season up to 5 September.