Air Belgium confirmed on Friday that its first flight from Charleroi Airport to Hong Kong will be on the 3rd of June and that it will start with two weekly flights to the Chinese special administrative region. The airline was forced to postpone its first Hong Kong flight from the 30th of April to the 3rd of June because it did not have an authorization of fly over Russian territory. It has since obtained it.
It will operate two flights per week from Charleroi to Hong Kong in June, increasing the number to three from July and four from October.
Passengers for whom the change in the number of flights would have an impact will be contacted and will be offered a tailor-made solution, the company said in a press release.
Air Belgium hopes to add a third plane to its fleet by the end of June. It also aims to serve a second Chinese destination “in the coming months” but did not disclose the name of the city. According to l’Echo newspaper, it could be the inland city of Wuhan.
The carrier currently has two Airbus A340 planes, which have carried out flights for other companies in the past few weeks. The third aircraft will also be an A340.