I need to book a single flight from Brussels to Madrid in the evening of 27th November. And yes, before you shout at me, I have to leave after 1800 on 27th in Brussels, and arrive before 0800 on 28th in Madrid, so trains are not possible. I need only a single ticket to Madrid, as after the event there I will be departing elsewhere.
Brussels Airlines is the only airline with flights from Zaventem in the evening of 27th. If I ask for a single, this is what I get – €307.
If I add a return trip, on some date a while into the future, I get these prices:
Even if I add on the price of a cheap return (about €50), I still end up with a total – €170 – that’s considerably lower than the price for a single. The single ticket is for economy+ – basically a crappy snack, and the same small, poky seat.
So what am I doing instead? Flying with Ryanair from Charleroi. Standard price: €20.39, admittedly excluding fees. I can even then afford to take a taxi to my destination upon arrival. If I wanted a return I would simply add the price of the return.
Your defence, Brussels Airlines?