Air Belgium suspends its Hong Kong route for winter 2018-19
After a mere ten weeks of operations, Air Belgium announced on September 21, 2018, that it would interrupt its flights from Charleroi Airport (BSCA) to Hong Kong International Airport (HGK) during the coming winter period.
Based in Brussels-Charleroi airport, Air Belgium was destined to open several routes towards Asian cities. After struggling to secure its access to the Siberian airspace from Russia, the low-cost company eventually opened its starting flight, Charleroi-Hong Kong, on June 6, 2018.
However, less than four months later, the airline announced it would interrupt its route from October 1, 2018 until March 30, 2019. Air Belgium accuses its local partner Utour of not respecting the terms of their contract terms regarding tariffs and load factor.
“Because the new season was about to start, and due to the lost confidence in the partner, Air Belgium however did not want to risk having to operate from an even more complex situation,“ said the LCC in an official statement. According to Belgian media L’Avenir, Air Belgium struggled to fill its flights, after setting for itself the objective of 500,000 passengers transported between China and Belgium.
The startup airline operates a fleet of four A340-300s acquired from Finnair between February 2017 and June 2018. After leasing one of its aircraft to Air France and British Airlines during summer 2018, the airline said it would continue operating for other legacy airlines.
The company said it is still in the process of opening service towards Mainland China, with routes to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO), Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH) and Taiyuan Wuxu International Airport (TYN). One of them could open by the end of the year
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