Zaventem still struggling after Sabena

23rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Zaventem Airport recorded 253,000 take-offs and landings last year, an increase of 0.3 percent compared with 2004.

23 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Zaventem Airport recorded 253,000 take-offs and landings last year, an increase of 0.3 percent compared with 2004.

But that number is still far below the 326,000 flights reported in 2000. That is 22 percent more than last year.

In 2001, the number of flights fell to 306,000 and in 2002 to 257,000. Since then, that figure has remained stable.

The chief of air traffic authority Belgocontrol, Jean-Claude Tintin, said Zaventem has struggled to recover since the bankruptcy of Belgian flag carrier Sabena in 2001.

And airport operator BIAC said the number of passengers that pass through Zaventem has fallen from 21.6 million in 2000 to 16.2 million in 2005, a decline of 25 percent.

Belgocontrol spokesman Guy Viselé blamed the decline on competition faced by the Brussels international airport.

Brussels is also said to be missing the presence of a big-name airline. The uncertainty of the Zaventem noise pollution dispute is also believed to scare airlines away.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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