Published on : Thursday, April 27, 2017
A delegation of Belgian companies led by Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem are on an economic mission in Mumbai and Ahmedabad, where they visited the GIFT City in Ahmedabad and had a meeting with the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, to underline the importance of Brussels Airlines’ flight to Belgium, via Mumbai and the relations between India and Belgium.
Gujarat is a state with important economic relations with Belgium, especially in the diamond sector, the pharmaceutical and chemistry industry. Since end of March, the Belgian leading airline Brussels Airlines connects Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Airport to Brussels Airport 5 times a week with a direct flight. There was a high demand from various industries (pharmaceutical, diamond, maritime, industry, amongst others), from leisure travelers and cargo forwarders to reinstate a direct service. Brussels Airlines currently offers a smooth link to the European Capital five times a week. From Ahmedabad, smooth connections are possible to Belgium, via Mumbai, thanks to a code-share partnership worth Air India.
This week, the CEO of Brussels Airlines Bernard Gustin and the Belgian Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem were in Mumbai and hosted an economic mission, together with a delegation of Belgian companies. The goal of the mission is to stress the economic importance of a connection between Belgium and India. On Wednesday the delgation flew to Gujarat to visit the GIFT city project and to have a meeting with the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, discussing the importance of the economic relationships between Gujarat and Belgium.