Prime Minister Charles Michel had a meeting with Thorsten Dirks (CEO Eurowings) and Christina Förster (CEO Brussels Airlines)

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Last night Prime Minister Charles Michel had a meeting with Thorsten Dirks, CEO of Eurowings and Christina Förster, newly assigned CEO of Brussels Airlines. The Prime Minister wants guarantees that no flights will move from Belgium to Germany, newspaper De Tijd wrote today.

Two years ago Brussels Airlines became fully owned by Lufthansa, at that time it was also announced that the Belgian airline would be integrated into Eurowings. This week, however, it was announced at the SN Airholding Board meeting in Frankfurt that Christina Förster would replace Bernard Gustin at the helm of Brussels Airlines.

The German shareholders are not happy with the Brussels Airlines flights to North America and India, which appear to be not profitable. Prime Minister Michel wants these flights to be maintained and that Brussels Airlines remains strongly anchored in Belgium.

The Prime Minister says he has ‘some means of pressure‘ to convince Lufthansa, according to newspaper De Tijd, it would be slots at Brussels airport.

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