Belgium could lose DHL hub over night flight dispute
Overnight carrier DHL Express will consider moving its European hub from Brussels, Belgium, to another city if the government doesn’t increase its capacity to operate by allowing more night flights in and out of Zaventem airport, according to the Belgium daily Le Soir.
Xavier de Buck, DHL commercial director said the company was reviewing sites in Belgium and other countries.
DHL wants to double the number of night flights to 34,000 by 2012, but many politicians are opposed to lifting noise restrictions. The current maximum for all night flights at the airport is 25,000 per year. The government has postponed a decision until September, after regional elections next summer.