Belgian night flight curbs spark DHL pull-out

A long-running tussle over night flights and noise pollution at Brussels Zaventem airport has ended with courier firm DHL announcing that it will site its main European hub elsewhere. The firm said on Thursday that a letter sent by the Belgian authorities earlier this week insisting that it use quieter aircraft demonstrated that there was "no political support" for its project (EED 28/09/04). As a result, the firm said it would no longer create 1,400 jobs in Brussels, and from 2008 could reduce jobs there by up to 1,700. See press release.

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