Unions please with terminal announcement

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The trades unions have reacted positively to the news that a new low cost terminal is to be built at Zaventem Airport, near Brussels

The trades unions have reacted positively to the news that a new low cost terminal is to be built at Zaventem Airport, near Brussels. They hope that Brussels Airport's 20-million-euro investment will create new jobs.

However, the Belgian Air Transport Association (BATA) is not happy at the strict criteria airlines will have to comply to if they want to use the new terminal.

The Association fears that no Belgian operators will be able to use the terminal.

BATA says that it's against airlines that are new to Zaventem being given special privileges by Brussels Airport.

The Association says that it would rather have an across the board reduction in airport charges so that all passengers, and not just those flying with low cost carriers, would benefit.

BATA represents the seven airlines that are registered as having their headquarters in Belgium.

The airlines have a combined fleet of 140 planes and employ a total of 10,000 people.

As many as 9,000 new jobs


Brussels Airport estimates that in time as many as 9,000 jobs will be created as a result of the new terminal.

Both the socialist and Christian trades unions have reacted positively to the news of the new terminal.

Olivier Dedecker of the Christian trades union told the VRT that "Even though the project is still some way ahead in the future, we can only applaud the prospect of extra jobs".

Brussels Airlines reserves judgement


Management at Brussels Airlines has said that it will reserve judgement on the plans for a low cost terminal until it has had time to study them thoroughly. Brussels Airlines is by far the biggest airline at Zaventem.

Meanwhile, Ryanair has said that it has no plans to operate services from Zaventem once the new low cost terminal opens in April 2009.

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