VLM, a Belgian airline that operates mainly from the airport at Deurne, has declared bankruptcy. Because of this a total of 160 employees are facing direct dismissal. The main reasons behind the closure are the accumulation of previous debts by the company and a significant increase in costs. A mixture of white- and blue collar workers will lose their job as a result of the bankruptcy. For the moment the main focus of the unions is making sure all employees receive wages earned in recent months.