Arniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
After a lot of bickering DHL has finally decided to leave Brussels and decided to create a new main hub in Vatry (fr.) or Leipzig (Ger.).
After Citybird, Sabena and Sobelair another blow to Belgian aviation.
DHL will reduce its activities in BRU and scrap 1500 jobs in three to four years, being two thirds of the total staff. [..] The Belgian government only wanted to allow night flights with aircraft that are quieter than the MD-11. Such planes only exist on the drawing board, says DHL.
Courier firm DHL is ditching plans to site its international hub in Brussels at a likely cost of 1,700 jobs by 2008.
Negotiations with local and federal authorities over increasing the number of night flights have failed, the firm told BBC News Online.
Many of the firm's 3,000 staff at Zaventem airport walked out in protest when told the news on Wednesday night.
DHL, an arm of German delivery group Deutsche Post, said it is instead looking at sites in France and Germany.
Xavier de Buck, DHL's commercial director, told BBC News Online that the company had had a shortlist of three - Zaventem, Leipzig in eastern Germany and Vatry, 120km east of Paris.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14477 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
DHL just had the old Lufthansa LSG catering facility torn down at CGN (which has been standing empty since LSG moved into a new building a year ago and happened to be between the Deutsche Post freight building and the DHL building) and is going to use this space to build a new sorting hub, similar to the new UPS one at the same airport.
So it could be that a lot of traffic would go via CGN.
Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
DHL's position seems to be 'let us be as noisy as we like and stuff anyone we might disturb'. No airline should be allowed to hold a government to ransom like that, so as sad as it is for the employees affected I think the Belgian government is absolutely right not to yield to DHL's demands.