IATA condemns Brussels ATC strike

ATC strike in Belgium

Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) condemned the strike action by Air Traffic Controllers in Belgium which significantly disrupted flights from Brussels airport today.

This action by air traffic controllers is a kick in the teeth for all the airline and airport staff who have worked so hard to reconnect Brussels to the world after the appalling terrorist attack just three weeks ago. It is the height of irresponsibility to cut a vital service and doing so without warning can only be seen as malicious.

If we cannot count on simple human decency from such highly-compensated professionals then it’s time for governments to find ways to guarantee the availability of air traffic control services,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.


  1. Absolutely right….this is shameful given the fact that it’s already torturous to even take a flight from zaventem. If they d’ont look out, retiring at age 58 should be the least of their worries! It could be very possible in a very short time due to the lack of airtraffic in Brussels, individuals & businesses will find alternative routes to get into the country. So much for them being the instruments to kick startg the already crippled business at Zaventem airport!

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