An Air Belgium A340. Photo credit: Jeroen Stroes.

Belgian start-up carrier Air Belgium has informed passengers that the originally planned launch date (30th April) has slipped to June 3rd, thus delaying the launch by over a month.

In a mail sent out to customers the carrier excused the delay with two reasons, one being the fact that so far Russia has not granted overflying rights for the carrier’s inaugural route from Charleroi to Hong Kong which are, according to the airline, necessary to carry out the flights. The second reason is that their flights have not yet been implemented into the global reservation system GDS, which made them invisible to their main target group, Chinese travel agencies.

Air Belgium is offering booked passengers alternatives for their flights, ranging from immediate rebooking over deferring their flight to canceling their flight and receive compensation.

This announcement comes only days after the airline offered scenic flights over Europe to allow customers reviewing their product and only five days before the originally planned launch date on April 30th. The airline plans to operate their flights with A340-300’s, previously operated by Finnair.

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