Tuesday, 13 March 2018
There is not, and has never been, a hidden plan for Brussels Airlines, ensured Monday noon the Eurowings CEO following a morning meeting with the Belgian airline’s personnel. “We are going to elaborate together a plan for the future, and we will develop it together, and it will be based on growth everywhere where possible”, explained Thorsten Dirks. The African network of former Sabena alone is profitable for the time being, and it is essential that the situation progress for Europe, he said.
The German CEO, present in Brussels Monday, moreover, stressed anew the importance of Brussels Airlines (and of its African network) within the Eurowings Group, a Lufthansa subsidiary. An entity within which the Brussels Airlines brand has its place and will be maintained, according to him.
The European, North American and Asian (India) networks are not, however, currently profitable. A situation which must change for the short haul, warns Thorsten Dirks. “One cannot allow flying with 40 planes (out of a total fleet of 50 planes for Brussels Airlines, ed.) on that network, and not be profitable flying from Brussels,” he confided. This will be precisely one of the tasks that will come down to the new direction of the Belgian company, which will officially take up its functions on 1 April.
The CEO also requests “a bit of patience” to give the company time to develop a clear plan, on the employment question in particular. “But the plan will be elaborated together, and be put into action together”, he insisted. “It will be based on growth wherever possible”, where the group is present: Germany, Belgium and Austria. “But, in most of the cases, it will be pan-European growth.”
The Brussels Times