Brussels Airlines (SN, Brussels National) has announced plans to further focus on its African network and to withdraw from the Indian market as part of the network realignment. In a press release, the carrier outlined plans to redeploy the A330-200 capacity currently used for a 5x weekly service linking Brussels with Mumbai Int'l. Instead, the carrier wil increase the frequency to Banjul from 4x weekly to daily.

At the same time, Brussels Airlines will also increase capacity to Dakar Blaise Diagne Int'l. It will terminate three weekly flights at the Senegalese gateway instead of continuing on to either Banjul or Conakry, as they do today.

The Mumbai service is the Belgian carrier's only long-haul route to Asia. Brussels Airlines will continue to offer service to Mumbai via its Lufthansa Group sister carriers Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) and Swiss (LX, Zurich).

The carrier will also introduce Kiev Boryspil and Wroclaw as new short-haul destinations and start a cabin refurbishment programme for its fleet of four A330-200s and six A330-300s, including the addition of Premium Economy class cabins.

Brussels Airlines is also currently soliciting proposals for its wet-lease operations which currently outsourced to flybmi (BM, Aberdeen Dyce) and CityJet (WX, Dublin Int'l).