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DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:36 pm

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.
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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:47 pm

http://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/1098334933076.html in Dutch only:

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.
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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:57 pm

Well, one can only blame the Belgian government...
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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 9:10 pm

Now also at the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3762378.stm

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.
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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 9:16 pm

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.

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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 9:24 pm

GKirk you're absolutely right !

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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 9:30 pm

Jan,

I'd suggest you look further to the east for the new DHL hub... ever wondered, what could be the result of a combination between:

(a) the transfer of the internal German night mail hub (operated by Deutsche Post World Net) from FRA after the impending night flight ban when the new runway is opened at this location,

(b) the relocation of DHL (coincidently also owned by DPWN) hub operations from BRU, and

(c) a certain East German airport with ample airside capacity and no night flight ban?

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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 11:44 pm

One wonders if DHL didn't intend to move to Leipzig or France regardless of what the Belgian government decided
 
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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Thu Oct 21, 2004 11:58 pm

"Many of the firm's 3,000 staff at Zaventem airport walked out in protest when told the news on Wednesday night"

And I was one of them...

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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Fri Oct 22, 2004 3:26 am

Who were they protesting against? DHL, for leaving Belgium, or the Belgian gov't for letting this happen?
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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Fri Oct 22, 2004 3:38 am

The Belgium government doesn't seem to understand the tern "free trade."

Sabena was a joke, did they ever turn a profit? Then the Ryanair mess at Charleroi, and now this?

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RE: DHL-Leaves BRU

Fri Oct 22, 2004 3:58 am

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.