50 years ago Jetair (the predecessor of TUI Benelux) was founded
Jetair celebrates its 50th anniversary!
Exactly 50 years ago, on July 19, 1971, Gerard Brackx created Jetair. For the first 15 years, he used a few of his stepfather’s coaches to travel to Lourdes, Spain, and other nearby destinations.
After phenomenal growth in the 90s, Jetair became the leading Belgian tour operator in the field of air vacations.
In 1996, the German group TUI AG (short for “Touristik Union International”, the world’s largest leisure, travel and tourism company) took a 30% stake in the company and five years later it is became a 100% shareholder of Jetair. At the start of 2014, Jetair became TUI Benelux and, in October 2016, the brands Jetair, Jetaircenter and Jetairfly were renamed TUI, TUI shops and TUI fly (trade name of TUI Airlines Belgium, created in 2003 from the ashes of Sobelair).
TUI fly Belgium has been operating since March 2004 to more than 105 destinations across Europe, the Red Sea, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands, the United States and Africa. Since 2012, it has operated scheduled flights as well as charter services.
Fifty years later, under the inspired leadership of people like Bart Brackx, Elie Bruyninckx, Gunther Hofman and Sofie Vanden Driessche, TUI Benelux continues to be the first holiday company in the Benelux and envisions an even brighter future once the pandemic is over.