Belgium in Brief: Taking the bus to the airport

Belgium in Brief: Taking the bus to the airport
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With summer fast approaching and many people wanting to get out of the country after two years of Covid-19 restrictions and uncertainty, travellers living across Belgium and even in the Netherlands will soon be able to more easily reach Brussels Airport.

From 23 June, those living in 11 cities in Belgium and abroad, such as Lille, Ghent, Bruges, Namur, Breda, Eindhoven and Maastricht, will be able to count on a shuttle bus to take them to the airport.

The private bus company that already organises transport to Brussels Charleroi airport from Brussels Midi/Zuid station, Flibco, will be offering the rides between Flemish, Walloon and Dutch cities and the international airport in Zaventem.

Buses are expected to depart every 1.5 hours between 04:00 and just before midnight, providing passengers with a larger timeframe than regular buses and trains to get to the airport.

That is, if their flight will even still leave.

This week, Brussels Airlines announced that it was scrapping 148 flights to and from European destinations this summer, in a move to placate employees who threatened a three-day strike during its busiest period. Not much later, Lufthansa, Swiss and Eurowings also announced that they were cancelling over 1,000 flights in July due to staff shortages.

"The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently suffering from bottlenecks and staff shortages. This affects airports, ground handling services, air traffic control, and also airlines," the company said.

So, will you be flying anywhere this summer? And are you taking the bus to the airport? Let @Maajtee know.

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