Passengers travelling through Belgian airports were up for another day of patience, delayed and cancelled flights today (28 March) after a strike of the Belgian air traffic controllers (skeyes). Brussels Airlines, Brussels Airport’s biggest customer, was forced to cancel 30 flights. If the flights did operate, 50% of them had a delay of more than 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the airport installed around 100 camp beds to accommodate the stranded passengers.
Other cancelled flights: LOT Polish Airlines to Warsaw, Eurowings to Stuttgart, Lufthansa to Munich and SWISS to Zurich. Around 20:00, about 100 passengers were queuing at the Swissport service center.
Minister of Employment Kris Peeters today assigned two social mediators to mediate in the social conflict with skeyes. Trade unions ACV and VSOA had asked for this yesterday, the management of skeyes today. But the unions immediately said that the actions of today would not be canceled.
Tomorrow and during the weekend, there are no actions planned but “If on Monday it is clear within which framework the mediators will work – or who wants to tackle all the issues – we will stop the actions. If there is still no clarity, we will continue,” Kurt Callaerts from union ACV-Transcom said.