TUI fly will only operate one long-haul aircraft at Brussels Airport next summer instead of two. Some remote destinations will disappear from view, others will be moved at a lower rate. TUI spokesperson Piet Demeyere confirmed this on Wednesday, after reporting on aviation website Flightlevel.
The spokesperson points out the high energy prices. The tour operator’s TUI is working with the fuel surcharge, which has sometimes risen to €300 for faraway destinations in recent months. Many Belgian travelers are not willing to pay that. “In destinations like the Caribbean, supply was often greater than demand last summer,” Demiere says.
The redundant long-haul plane, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is headed to the Netherlands. It will replace the old Boeing 767. The Netherlands has a more stable demand, especially for the Netherlands Antilles. “It’s about deploying devices where they best meet demand,” the spokesperson said. “What happens after next summer, we’ll see later.”
Since only one Dreamliner will fly from Brussels Airport, destinations like Miami (in the US) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) will disappear from view next summer. Other destinations – Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic – will remain, but the frequency will be reduced.
According to Demiere, the decision may require a solution of “a maximum of ten people.”