Extraordinary works council at Brussels Airlines: a bleak future in Brussels?
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This morning, Monday 12 March, an extraordinary works council took place at the headquarters of Brussels Airlines in the presence of the CEO of Eurowings, Thorsten Dirks. The latter wanted to explain the development plans of his company, in which Brussels Airlines has been integrated.

After the meeting, the representatives of the trade unions were not very happy, nor reassured.

The CEO of Eurowings was to present to them his progress towards greater integration of the Belgian airline into the Eurowings group since their last meeting one month ago. “All this was vague and we did not learn much more,” the trade unions said. No major changes for staff are expected before the 2019 summer season, it seems.

According to the boss of Eurowings, Brussels Airlines’ European, North American and Asian networks are currently not profitable, unlike long-haul flights to Africa. “But he repeated that his goal was growth (from 190 to 300 aircraft in 2020, ed.) and that the company should integrate into this scheme,” says Didier Lebbe, Permanent Secretary of the Christian union CNE/LBC. It may, therefore, be necessary to develop a new network, think the unions.

Eurowings, however, does not yet have a clear plan on how to get there, it seems. There is currently no need to grow in Brussels, but if opportunities like the recent take-over of Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium appear, Brussels Airlines will grab them, says Dirks.

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