"Restrictions boost ticket prices"

25th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2007, BRUSSELS – The restrictions the Flemish government wants to impose on night-flights at Zaventem Airport in order to limit noise pollution in the area could make holiday flights more expensive, says spokesperson for Thomas Cook Claude Pérignon. He added that the tour operator may be forced to start operation from a different airport because of the restrictions.

25 April 2007

BRUSSELS – The restrictions the Flemish government wants to impose on night-flights at Zaventem Airport in order to limit noise pollution in the area could make holiday flights more expensive, says spokesperson for Thomas Cook Claude Pérignon. He added that the tour operator may be forced to start operation from a different airport because of the restrictions.

"Just an increase in the cost of landing rights could make tickets an estimated five to ten euro more expensive," Pérignon said.

If the Flemish government decides to extend the night period until 7 am rather than 6 am, and reduces the number of night-flights from 25,000 to 16,000, Pérignon says Thomas Cook may have to stop a number of its flights from Zaventem.

Most of the tour operator's holiday flights take off before 7 am because regular service at the airport is much too busy after that time. Pérignon is particularly unhappy with the fact that the government never consulted Thomas Cook about the plans. "We account for about 10 percent of passenger traffic from Brussels Airport, and all the employment that creates," he said.

The Flemish government will discuss the plan with the inter-governmental consultation committee today. The proposal has not yet been discussed with Brussels negotiators yet, says a source close to the Brussels minister president Charles Picqué. The Brussels government does not want to comment until after the meeting.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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