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March 25th, 2007

Virgin Express and SN Brussels merger

The merger announced last year between Virgin Express and SN Brussels will go ahead under the new name, Brussels Airlines. From today, previous routes operated by Virgin Express (primarily from Brussels (International)) will be operated by the new Brussels Airlines. As this airline no longer follows a specific low-cost model, their routes will cease to be included in the flycheapo database.

Flights can be booked now at

March 31st, 2006

Virgin Express and SN Brussels to merge

It was announced today that Virgin Express and SN Brussels will merge, and become operational as a single unit by April 2007. They intend to rebrand, although a name has yet to be revealed. The merger is apparently a response to there being insufficient room for competition in the Belgian market.

While early speculation has suggested that the new airline will continue to offer low-cost services, such as those provided by Virgin Express, this is not entirely clear yet. It has been stated that the new airline will sit in the “modified traditional” segment of the market, which apparently includes airlines such as SAS and Aer Lingus.

December 27th, 2005

Virgin Express to fly to Palermo

From 01 April 2006, Virgin Express will launch a new route from Brussels (International) to Palermo. They will initially fly twice per week on this new route.

July 12th, 2005

Virgin Express to return to Berlin

From 05 September 2005, Virgin Express will begin flying their Brussels base to Berlin (Schoenefeld). They will initially fly once-daily, but the frequency of flights will increase to twice-daily from October.

Virgin Express previously flew to Schoenefeld, until 2000 when they withdrew the route.

Virgin Express increases fuel surcharge

From Friday 15 July 2005, Virgin Express will increase their fuel surcharge by an additional €2. This will bring their total surcharge to €10.

March 29th, 2005

Virgin Express adds routes to Toulon and Milan

From the beginning of June 2005, Virgin Express will begin flying between their base at Brussels and Milan (Orio al Serio) and Toulon. The route to Orio al Serio will replace their current route to Milan (Linate).

Tickets are on sale now for these new routes.

March 22nd, 2005

Murcia and Catania are new Virgin Express destinations

On 05 May 2005 Virgin Express will commence flying a new route from Brussels to Catania. They will also begin a new route from Brussels to Murcia on 10 May.

Tickets are available now for these new routes.

February 18th, 2005

dba and Monarch Scheduled added to Europebyair network

Of interest to those outside Europe coming to visit is the Europebyair programme. This allows people to travel on all the routes operated by a number of airlines in Europe for $99 (excluding airport taxes) per flight. Bookings can be made in advance or on the fly.

Monarch Scheduled and dba have just been added to the network as new partners, joining other low-cost carriers including Alpi Eagles, flybe, Virgin Express and VLM, legacy carriers, and oddly – even Eurostar.

Europebyair passes can only be purchased outside Europe and are only available to non-Europeans.

October 22nd, 2004

Virgin Express imposes fuel surcharge

From 01 November 2004 Virgin Express will add €4 per passenger to their fuel surcharge, bringing it up to €8 on all flights.

Many other budget airlines are still absorbing the rising cost of oil themselves and not explicitly charging a fuel surcharge.

October 21st, 2004

Virgin Express adds Valencia

On 13 December 2004, Virgin Express will begin a new route from Brussels (International) to Valencia. Initially the frequency will only be twice weekly, but over the coming months it will be increased.

August 16th, 2004

Virgin Express increases at-seat legroom

Recently Virgin Express increased the legroom on their planes in rows 2 through 7 to include an additional 7.5cm. Thanks to a new online booking interface, they are now selling these seats at a premium (€10 per flight); they can be booked in advance when you purchase your ticket either online or via a travel agent.

In addition, their new booking system allows you to reserve seats in advance anywhere in rows 16 to 23 on the aircraft for an additional €2.50 per seat (each way), so friends and families travelling together can ensure they sit together.

This new seating allocation system is available to new and existing bookings.

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