Air traffic controllers’ strike in Belgium means disturbances and cancellations at several airports in the country


The grumbling movement of the Belgian air traffic controllers continues Thursday morning with occasional traffic interruptions in several airports in the country. “Actions take place from 06:00 to 09:00 in Charleroi, from 06:30 to 08:30 in Antwerp, from 07:15 to 09:15 in Ostend and from 10:00 to 15:00 in Liege,” says Dominique Dehaene, spokesman for Skeyes, the Belgian airspace manager.

Disturbances are also expected in Brussels but we do not know the impact yet it will depend on the number of controllers present,” says Dehaene.

In fact, many flights have been delayed by up to three hours and Brussels Airlines was forced to cancel flights to Geneva, Barcelona, Nice, Basel, Vienna, Turin, Copenhagen, Berlin Tegel, Milan Linate and Lyon. KLM also cancelled one flight to Amsterdam and Lufthansa one flight to Munich.

At Charleroi airport, scheduled flights (departures) early in the day have been delayed until at least 09:00. Two flights on arrival were delayed.

Social tensions at Skeyes are due to staff dissatisfaction with several issues. The friction points revolve around demands for career breaks, appointments and bonuses, as well as a new staff training centre on the Steenokkerzeel site of Skeyes, right next to Brussels Airport.


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