Air Belgium registers its first two planes

Friday, 16 February 2018 17:13
Air Belgium’s first two planes were registered on Friday, taking the airline a step further towards meeting an end-of-March target date for launching its first commercial flight.
Out of 5,000 establishments in Belgium’s hotel, bar and restaurant sector monitored in 2017, 12% had not activated their mandatory black boxes, while a second, unregistered, black box was discovered in 5.77% of them, the Finance Department confirmed on Thursday.
Brussels risks not being the first city in Belgium to be equipped with 5G technology, Agoria, a federation of technological and allied companies, warned on Monday.
Eurostar, the high-speed train between continental Europe and the United Kingdom, will finally launch its new London-Amsterdam link on the 4th of April 2018, the company says.
The Planning Office predicts higher economic growth in Belgium in 2018, according to its latest analysis, published on Thursday.
The construction sector should experience stronger growth this year, with the increase in its volume of work moving up from over 2% in 2017 to more than 3% in 2018, the Construction confederation said on Thursday at its annual press conference.
In 2017, BNP Paribas Fortis granted one loan out of four to persons less than 30 years old, indicated the bank on Wednesday in its annual retrospective of the Belgian mortgage market.

Lufthansa ground staff to receive 6%-pay rise

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 17:19
Ground staff at the German airline Lufthansa, the mother company for Brussels Airlines, will see their salaries increase by up to 6% over the next few years, under a collective agreement between the airline’s management and the Verdi trade union.
Deliveroo generated 29 million euros in additional income for Belgium’s restaurant sector between June 2016 and June 2017, the British online food delivery company said in a press release based on an economic impact study by the Capital Economics research bureau.
Belgium’s crowdfunding market has doubled in one year to over 22 million euros invested in 80 funding operations, according to the annual barometer of the FinTech Belgium Federation, which represents professionals in this sector (start-up, scale-up and investors).