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European inbound boost as Thai launches Belgium flights

Thai Airways cabin crew

BY JAMES WILKINSON

Australasian hotels need to put Belgium on the radar for inbound travellers, following the announcement of new Thai Airways flights to Brussels from Bangkok.

Thai Airways’ Executive Vice President – Commercial, Pandit Chanapai, said Brussels would be added to the network from November 17, 2011.

“Brussels was chosen as Thai’s new destination to facilitate the growing number of passengers travelling between Australia, Thailand and Europe and for travellers’ convenience via a direct route,” he said.

“It is in line with Thai’s strategy for expanding and serving other European cities, through a feeder city such as Brussels.

“Today approximately 12-15% of passengers from Belgium and neighbouring countries, especially those destined for Australia, make their connections in Frankfurt.

“Thai expects these passengers will appreciate the convenience of the route to and from Brussels to Southeast Asia and Australia.”

Both the outbound and inbound Brussels flights connected with services to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and outbound from Brisbane.

Services will be operated by Thai’s Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft – configured with 30 seats in Royal Silk (Business) class and 262 in economy class – and according to the airline, the launch flight is already 80% full.

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