It's an investment by CRL
and the regional authority in the local economy and one which I think has paid off handsomely. It's also encouraging that the regional government is going to appeal this decision.
Exactly.The Wolon(sp?)government is not too happy to say the least about the decision.Isn't CRL
in the middle of getting a new terminal?
your examples are completely disingenuous.
Of course Ryanair being in Charleroi gave the opportunity to indirect jobs, but hardly that many
The contributions of injections of money to the local economy that Ryanair created far exceeded their subsidies/charge breaks,hence why the local government is a little worried about the decision.
Airlines there were not given subsidies, airlines went bankrupt, people lost their jobs because (not only) FR
was attracting the passengers with the money of taxpayers in Belgium.
Are you seriously saying this?Sabena was a basket-case it's entire existence.The subsidies given to Ryanair are a piss in the ocean compared to those that Sabena received over its life.To say Ryanair helped to destroy passenger numbers is wrong because
a)those numbers were artifically high to the subsidies to Sabena
b)Ryanair from CRL
had very little routes they competed with Sabena on.
Why not invest in BRU
Zaventem and have one big busy airport instead of two competing airports. There is already enough competition from other larger European carriers. Virgin express proofs that flying low cost from real airports is possible, without receiving subsidies.
Why is Belgium so averse to competition?The 2 airports also target 2 different market segments.Virgin Express may call itself a low-cost airline but it's CASM is quite a lot higher than the real LCCs ,even Easyjet who fly to major airports as well.