A new Belgian charter airline has launched operations with five Airbus A320s on holiday flights from Brussels.

Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium operated its first flight on 13 March, to the Canary Islands. Owned by Thomas Cook, the carrier will fly on behalf of the German tour operator to Mediterranean destinations.

Thomas Cook, which owns JMC Airlines in the UK and Germany's Condor, is very active in the Belgian market, and set up the Belgian division to enable it to serve non-European Union destinations, after an abortive attempt to buy defunct Belgian airline CityBird.

The airline has taken five A320s from JMC, and recruited 50 ex-Sabena pilots to fly them.

Source: Flight International