Virgin Express denies relocation plans

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31 August 2005, BRUSSELS — Budget airline Virgin Express denied a media report on Wednesday that it was planning to relocate operations from Zaventem to Charleroi Airport.

31 August 2005

BRUSSELS — Budget airline Virgin Express denied a media report on Wednesday that it was planning to relocate operations from Zaventem to Charleroi Airport.

"Virgin Express has no intention to move to the airport of Charleroi," airline spokesman Yves Panneels said.

He was responding to a report in French-language financial newspaper 'L’Echo' that the chief of SN Airholding, Etienne Davignon, is examining the proposal.

The proposal originates with Wallonian Transport Minister André Antoine and Davignon assessment of the idea was meant to be completed by the end of the summer.

If Virgin Express does relocate, L'Echo said this would occur before 2007, when Charleroi will unveil new facilities with double present capacity.

However, Virgin denied the plans on Wednesday morning.

"We carry out regular studies to evaluate prices and the possibilities at other airports, but that doesn't mean we are going to relocate," Panneels told news agency Belga.

"We are staying at Zaventem and will continue looking for synergies with associated company SN Brussels Airlines."

Virgin Express and SN Brussels agreed on a merger to tie-up operations in the last part of 2006. Both airlines were under pressure from Ryanair, which flies from Charleroi.

SN Airholding controls both Virgin Express and SN Brussels.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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