How will this affect prices?
Brussels Airlines is going to suspend flights from Brussels to Moscow for 3 months (from November 18 to February 24), except for the New Year holidays (December 20 - January 11). Such data follows from the carrier's booking system on October 28. At this time, flights to Moscow will be operated by other airlines of the Lufthansa Group, with connections in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
According to experts, during the winter schedule (from October 28 to March 28), the frequency of flights has been reduced from daily to 4 times a week (Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun). In the summer schedule next year, flights will again become daily.
As follows from interviews with top managers of the airline, this decision is due to the plan to reduce the volume of transportation, designed to increase profits. Brussels Airlines is now teetering on the brink of recoupment, and the reduction in routes will allow it to reach an 2022% profitability by 8 and reinvest profits in the fleet, innovation and jobs.
According to experts, the temporary departure from the direction of one of the carriers is a common practice in Europe. It is typical for the low season, when the demand for transportation is minimal. This will affect prices, but not significantly, says Oleg Panteleev, executive director of the AviaPort agency.
“If the company believes that the profitable rate on the route has fallen too low, it will optimize the transportation. As a result, direct flights will most likely not rise in price, but there will also be no traditional price reductions characteristic of this period. For passengers for whom price is critical, nothing will change - they almost always choose connecting flights. And the competition between connecting routes will not go anywhere, ”the expert summed up.
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