BRUSSELS, March 18 (Reuters). The Belgian government held talks with representatives of the country’s aviation and travel industry on Wednesday to receive government support and support their struggle to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
The government said it met a delegation on Wednesday morning, which included Brussels Airlines, Brussels Airport and tour operator TUI, to discuss the impact on the sectors.
The Belgian business newspaper De Tijd previously reported that Brussels Airlines wrote to the government with an urgent request for € 200 million ($ 219 million). The airline will cease operations before flights are fully suspended for four weeks from Saturday.
The airline, a subsidiary of German Lufthansa, confirmed that it was asking the government for support, but declined to disclose the amount.
“We can confirm that we were looking for support, but there is no question that the airline is going bankrupt,” said a spokeswoman.
The Belgian airline Air Antwerp, which offers flights to Amsterdam and British airports, also announced on Wednesday that it would suspend flights from Sunday to April 10. (1 USD = 0.9114 euros)
(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop and Ilona Wissenbach editor by David Goodman)