Brussels Airlines has said it will invest in its position in the African market, announcing increased frequencies to the continent, but it will cease flying to Mumbai.

From 7 January 2019, the airline will add three extra flights to Banjul in The Gambia, bringing the route to a daily service.

In addition, three of Brussels Airlines’ seven weekly flights to Dakar in Senegal will operate as a direct service rather than transiting through another African airport.

Although the airline is cutting its Mumbai flights, passengers will still be able to connect to Indian services with Lufthansa Group partners Lufthansa and Swiss via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich.

Its own Mumbai service will stop on 6 January, with Brussels Airlines pointing to ‘economic reasons’ and saying the route ‘does not deliver the anticipated results’.

The carrier is adding several flights to its network, starting in October with four weekly flights to Kiev. In February it will begin three weekly services to Wroclaw. It is also increasing frequency on its Alicante, Billund, Bordeaux, Faro, Geneva, Lisbon, Malaga and Tel Aviv routes.

Brussels Airlines’ A330 aircraft are gradually being fitted with new cabins, with a new Business class, refreshed Economy and a Premium Economy in a separate cabin. The first refurbished aircraft is due for completion in December.

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