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Brussels Airport flight path changes rejected
A plan by federal transport minister Melchior Wathelet to change the flight paths of some flights arriving at and taking off from Brussels Airport has been shelved by his colleagues in the council of ministers. According to Wathelet’s cabinet, no consensus on the question could be found due to the objections of ministers from Flemish parties CD&V, Open VLD and SP.A.
Wathelet’s plan would have diverted some flights which currently pass over the Brussels municipalities of Etterbeek, Auderghem and Watermael-Boitsfort so that they instead passed over the “Ikea route” over the E40 and Sterrebeek, Kortenberg and Everberg. In May, the government of Flanders invoked a conflict of interests, claiming Wathelet was making a decision that would have a serious impact on Flanders without consulting the region’s government. That blocked the measures for 60 days, which ran out this week.
The core cabinet of top ministers was unable to agree on implementing the package, however, with opposition from ministers from the three Flemish parties in the acting federal coalition, who are also the three Flemish parties currently negotiating the creation of a coalition for the Brussels region.
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