German air freight companyDHL to close Brussels hub

21st October 2004, Comments 0 comments

21 October 2004 , BRUSSELS/BERLIN - International air freight company DHL - owned by Deutsche Post AG - plans to quit Brussels as its night- flight hub and is eyeing airports in France and Germany, the company confirmed Thursday in a statement. DHL said this would lead to the loss of 1,400 jobs at Brussels Zaventem airport. Reacting to the news, angry DHL employees blocked roads to the airport for about two hours early Thursday. The planned halting of DHL operations from 2008 follows failure of the company

21 October 2004

BRUSSELS/BERLIN - International air freight company DHL - owned by Deutsche Post AG - plans to quit Brussels as its night- flight hub and is eyeing airports in France and Germany, the company confirmed Thursday in a statement.

DHL said this would lead to the loss of 1,400 jobs at Brussels Zaventem airport. Reacting to the news, angry DHL employees blocked roads to the airport for about two hours early Thursday.

The planned halting of DHL operations from 2008 follows failure of the company and Belgium's government to reach a deal on night flights into Zaventem airport which is located close to Brussels.

People living around the airport have strongly complained about noise from night flights and Belgian officials had demanded DHL use quieter air planes.

But this was rejected by DHL which wants to increase its number of night flights.

"We had the vision of expanding Brussels airport into the most technically modern hub of our worldwide logistics network. But we have now come to the point where we have to accept there no political support in Belgium for these plans," said Peter Kruse, chairman of DHL Express Europe.

DHL says it is considering two airports for its new European intercontinental hub: Leipzig in Germany and Vatry in France.

Leipzig, in eastern Germany, has expanded and modernised its airport over the past decade. Located far outside the city, there are no restrictions on night flights and the airport operates 24-hours a day.

Located in Saxony state, Leipzig is one of eastern Germany's big success stories and German carmakers BMW and Porsche have built major plants in the city.

DHL said it would not totally close operations in Brussels after the move and plans to leave its European Coordination Centre as well as its logistics and national service at Zavantem.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

0 Comments To This Article