Heavy losses for Virgin Express

30th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 March 2004, BRUSSELS - Cut-price airline Virgin Express, which is based at Zaventem airport outside of Brussels, announced losses of nearly EUR 20 million on Tuesday.

30 March 2004

BRUSSELS - Cut-price airline Virgin Express, which is based at Zaventem airport outside of Brussels, announced losses of nearly EUR 20 million on Tuesday.

The airline, a Belgium-based subsidiary of UK millionaire Richard Branson's Virgin group, blamed fierce competition in the low-cost airline sector and the war in Iraq for its poor showing in 2003.

The airline lost a total of EUR 19.6 million in 2003 after turning a small profit of EUR 400,000 the pervious year.

Virgin Express Executive Chairman David Hoare nevertheless tried to put a brave face on Tuesday's gloomy figures by insisting his company was still in good shape. 

"In spite of a difficult year, we are confident that as long as we keep our costs low and we offer the travelling public superb value for money, we will prosper," he said in a statement.

Earlier this month Virgin Express announced that it would be joining forces with another Belgian airline, SN Brussels, in a move designed to improve both companies' fortunes.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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