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    Belgian airlines win a point in their battle against Ryanair


    The Belgian Air Transport Association (BATA), which is made up of the main Belgian airlines, has just won a judiciary point against the Irish budget airline Ryanair. The latter was told to show a series of documents relating to its contracts with staff flying to and from the Brussels National Airport. This information was reported by L’Echo on Tuesday. When Ryanair started to operate flights from Brussels National Airport, it drew up contracts according to Irish legislation, which is more favourable to employers. The Belgian airlines say this is unfair competition, and took Ryanair to court. It was put before the Flemish-speaking Trade court in Brussels.

    A temporary judgment has just been delivered.  It tells Ryanair to show its contracts with the British and Irish firms that supply its staff.

    The Belgian airlines’ aim is to prove that members of Ryanair are attached to Zaventem Airport. If this is the case, Ryanair could be made to conform to Belgian social legislation. 

    Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)