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    Brussels Airlines CEO announces separation from Eurowings

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    Brussels Airlines CEO Christina Foerster has announced the carrier’s separation from Eurowings this Monday

    Brussels Airlines was until now a part of Eurowings within the Lufthansa Group. The announcement that the Belgian airline will now be a separate entity within the group was welcomed by union representatives, although savings will need to be made in the next few months.

    “It’s positive news,” Anita Van Hoof of the socialist trade union BBTK (Setca) said after the meeting. “Staff have always been in favour of that since Lufthansa took over Brussels Airlines.”

    “They now feel that Brussels Airlines is an adult company,” stressed Paul Buekenhout of the Christian union, ACV. “The CEO noted that investments will need to be made in many skills.”

    The unions said they had not received any details on management’s recovery plan for the carrier. “We expect to have further details by the end of September,” said Filip Lemberechts of the Liberal union, ACLVB/CGSLB. He feels staff will be more motivated to find solutions if Brussels Airlines remains independent.

    Staff were scheduled to meet at the headquarters of Brussels Airlines at 2.00 p.m., while CEO Foerster planned to meet the press at about 4.00 p.m.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times