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Noise fines cause cargo airlines to flee Brussels

May 15 - Brussels Airport has reported that it has received the written confirmation that a second cargo airline is leaving as a result of the noise fines imposed by the Brussels Capital Region. A third cargo carrier is also threatening to leave Belgium i

Of the six full-freighter carriers that operated from Brussels Airport with B747 aircraft, now only four are left. And the risk is real that more carriers will leave.

After the departure of Yangtze River Express in February this year, full-freighter Air Cargo Global is stopping all its activities at Brussels Airport because of the Brussels' noise fines. Magma Aviation too has indicated that it will leave Brussels Airport if the uncertainty is not removed in the next few weeks.

Air Cargo Global will henceforth operate from Amsterdam and Prague.

In 2016, the volume of cargo carried by Yangtze River Express and Air Cargo Global amounted to nearly 20,000 tonnes, which represents about 12 percent of the total cargo volume handled at Brussels Airport.

Arnaud Feist, ceo of Brussels Airport Company said: "The need for a stable legal framework and a permanent solution is more urgent than ever. Just like we argued at the end of April, the decision by the Brussels government to postpone the actual collection of the fines is no solution. This decision may have been made with good intentions, it actually creates a period of uncertainty of one and a half to two years. The carriers make their decision based on the tickets they receive today, not on the basis of the fines the Brussels government makes known two years later.

"This is what makes airlines decide to relocate their operations abroad which for Belgium results in a loss of jobs and economic value. I call on all political parties concerned to halt the downward spiral that destroys the local and regional economic fabric in Belgium and reach a solution as soon as possible."

 

www.brusselsairport.be

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