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Strikes affecting Belgian airports in 2014-2015

Post by Passenger » 31 Jul 2014, 18:40

9th August 2014: TAP

Announcement on TAPportugal.com: "...Due to TAP Pilots Union strike announcement, expected to take place on 09th of August between 00h00 and 23h59, and due to the impact this strike might have on our operation we are allowing changes on the bookings confirmed for this day, or alternatively, the refund of the ticket.

Source:
http://www.tapportugal.com/LatestInfo/e ... 9th-august

On that page, there is a list of flights that are not affected by the strike:

1. All TAP flights operated by PGA Portugália Airlines

2. All TAP flights operated by charter aircrafts from other companies:
TP30 Fortaleza Lisbon / TP31 Lisbon Fortaleza
TP576 Lisbon Frankfurt / TP579 Frankfurt Lisbon
TP663 Amsterdam Lisbon / TP664 Lisbon Amesterdam
TP694 Lisbon Vienna / TP697 Vienna Lisbon
TP831 Rome Lisbon / TP834 Lisbon Rome

3. Flights operated by aircrafts that are abroad and have to return to base:
...
TP611 Brussels Lisbon
...

Passengers with valid reservations for these flights are not required to contact TAP neither the travel agent, since the mentioned flights are confirmed. The minimum services are not yet defined and will be determined by an arbitration committee. Once that information is available, TAP will provide it through all communication channels.

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This is indeed a new topic that, I think, may be useful for passengers flying to/from Belgian airports.

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Post by sn26567 » 01 Aug 2014, 14:14

Air France has confirmed that the ground crew strike planned for Saturday 2 August will go ahead at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, as well as in certain regional airports (Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Strasbourg and Toulouse).

Air France plans to operate all of its long-haul flights and the vast majority of its short- and medium-haul flights. However, delays should be expected on the day.

I am not sure whether it will affect flights to BRU, which are mostly operated by subsidiary Hop! from regional airports. Furthermore, I don't know if Hop! ground crew are striking as well...
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Post by Passenger » 12 Aug 2014, 18:56

No flights have been affected yet, but technical staff at VLM Airlines (Antwerp) went on strike on Tuesday. One worker was dismissed, and unions don't accept his dismissal:

http://www.gva.be/cnt/dmf20140812_01214 ... de-redenen

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Post by Passenger » 14 Aug 2014, 17:52

Passenger wrote:No flights have been affected yet, but technical staff at VLM Airlines (Antwerp) went on strike on Tuesday. One worker was dismissed, and unions don't accept his dismissal:

http://www.gva.be/cnt/dmf20140812_01214 ... de-redenen
"Gazet van Antwerpen" reports that the strike is "postponed". VLM Management had excluded access to the airport facilities for the ten strikers, and management had also arranged maintenance for the F50's elsewhere. The "united front of unions" then postponed the strike.

http://www.gva.be/cnt/dmf20140814_01217 ... opgeschort

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Post by sn26567 » 15 Aug 2014, 11:58

Three days wildcat strike of the Tunisair Handling agents at Djerba airport. Flights might be delayed (up to 5 hours for Jetairfly)) or diverted to other airports in the vicinity (Sfax or Gabès), with bus travel organised to/from Djerba (for Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium).
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Post by airazurxtror » 17 Aug 2014, 18:22

Selon une source du syndicat de Tunisair, la grève, dite "sauvage" à l'aéroport de Djerba, est annoncée depuis le 14 juin et donc totalement légale, mais la direction n'a pas pris les mesures nécessaires pour informer les passagers et éviter les perturbations.
Par ailleurs, dans un communiqué rendu public, l’UGTT annonce la suspension de la grève, qui devait se poursuivre les 15 et 16 août, et son report au 29 et 30 août 2014. L’union des travailleurs appelle également tous les agents à reprendre leur activité et mettre les bouchées doubles à fin de pallier au retard causé.

The strike at Djerba airport had been announced on 14 June and was thus not a wildcat strike.
The strike has been stopped for the moment and will be resumed on 29 and 30 August.

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Post by sn26567 » 28 Aug 2014, 15:57

Negotiations between Lufthansa and the VC pilot union just collapsed, sources say. In other words: Germanwings strike on Friday. Not sure how this will affect flights between BRU and STR.
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Post by Boeing767copilot » 28 Aug 2014, 16:14

Germanwings reagiert mit Ersatzflugplan auf Streikandrohung der Pilotengewerkschaft Cockpit / 116 von 164 Flüge fallen Freitag zwischen 6.00 und 12.00 Uhr aus /

KÖLN/BONN – Die Pilotengewerkschaft Cockpit hat für morgen, Freitag, 29. August 2014, für die Zeit zwischen 6.00 und 12.00 Uhr einen Streik bei Germanwings angedroht. Um ihren Fluggästen Planungssicherheit zu geben, hat die deutsche Airline einen Ersatzflugplan erstellt, der morgen während der Streikphase gilt.

Alle Fluggäste werden daher gebeten, auf www.germanwings.com den aktuellen Status ihres Fluges zu prüfen. Dort werden regelmäßig die neuesten Informationen veröffentlicht. Sollte ihr Flug gestrichen werden, können Fluggäste auf www.germanwings.com oder im Callcenter ihren Flug kostenlos stornieren oder umbuchen.

In den Streikzeitraum fallen insgesamt 164 Flüge, davon werden 116 – also 70 Prozent – ausfallen. Etwa 15 000 Passagiere können wegen des Streiks der Pilotengewerkschaft somit ihren Flug nicht antreten. Betroffen sind vor allem innerdeutsche Flüge. Diese Fluggäste haben die Möglichkeit, auf die Bahn auszuweichen. Die Flüge in die Urlaubsgebiete werden dagegen stattfinden, dafür setzt Germanwings zum Beispiel Piloten ein, die normalerweise im Management der Airline tätig sind. Ferner mietet Germanwings Flugzeuge bei anderen Fluggesellschaften an, um ihre Gäste aus den Urlaubsgebieten zurückholen zu können, oder sie in den Urlaub zu fliegen.

Von Eurowings beflogene Strecken sind von dem Streik nicht betroffen, da deren Piloten nicht innerhalb des Lufthansa-Konzerntarifvertrags beschäftigt sind.

Germanwings bedauert etwaige Unannehmlichkeiten sehr, die Passagieren durch die Streikmaßnahmen entstehen, und bemüht sich, die Auswirkungen so gering wie möglich zu halten.

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Post by Passenger » 04 Sep 2014, 22:33

Frankfurt Airport will be hit by a strike by Lufthansa pilots on Friday 5th September 2014, 17h-23h.

I feel sorry for the business men/women who had planned to return home, for the tourists who see their journey spoiled because their long haul flight will be cancelled, ...

After all, a pilot's salary is paid from the income generated from passengers and cargo.

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Post by airazurxtror » 05 Sep 2014, 10:15

The 4 flights to (17h20, 18h20, 20h20, 22h20) and the 3 from Frankfurt (15h05, 18h05, 19h05) scheduled this friday have been cancelled at Brussels Airport.

http://www.lesoir.be/645952/article/eco ... ls-airport
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Post by sn26567 » 05 Sep 2014, 16:33

airazurxtror wrote:The 4 flights to (17h20, 18h20, 20h20, 22h20) and the 3 from Frankfurt (15h05, 18h05, 19h05) scheduled this friday have been cancelled at Brussels Airport.
The Munich flights are maintained. Is the strike limited to FRA?

Methinks that in view of the good relations between LH and SN, some flights between BRU and FRA could have been operated by SN.
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Post by sn26567 » 05 Sep 2014, 17:49

A strike of Air Traffic Controllers in Italy announced for Saturday, September 06, 2014 from 12:30 to 16:30 (CEST) can cause delays and cancellations on flights from and to Italy on that day.
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Post by Passenger » 09 Sep 2014, 12:34

Lufthansa will face another pilots strike on Wednesday. Details unknown to me, except that it's announced for 10h-18h.

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Post by sn26567 » 09 Sep 2014, 13:54

Passenger wrote:Lufthansa will face another pilots strike on Wednesday. Details unknown to me, except that it's announced for 10h-18h.
After Frankfurt last week, announced strike at Munich Airport by Lufthansa pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit on 10th September from 10am-06pm. The other airlines of the LH group (LX, OS, SN, 4U) are not affected.

Details: http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/ ... 2014-09-09

Therefore, no flights at all between BRU and MUC for the duration of the strike: that's the result of having all flights between the two cities operated exclusively by LH instead of dividing them between LH and SN.
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Post by sn26567 » 09 Sep 2014, 14:46

French pilot unions call for strike action from 15 to 22 September: Air France flights could be affected.

http://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/local/inf ... france.htm
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Post by Boeing767copilot » 09 Sep 2014, 14:50

and on top of this:

Heathrow ground handlers to strike Friday

http://buyingbusinesstravel.com/news/09 ... ike-friday

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by Flanker2 » 09 Sep 2014, 19:59

Just in from Air France.
I'm flying only on the TGV, fortunately. As if I would ever fly on AF again... no thank you. :lol:

Préavis de grève. Votre vol AFXXXX du XX/09/2014

Madame, Monsieur,

Nous vous confirmons qu'un préavis de grève a été lancé par plusieurs syndicats de pilotes de ligne, pour la période du 15 au 22 septembre.
Nous entretenons un dialogue permanent avec l'ensemble des organisations représentatives et les discussions vont se poursuivre dans les jours à venir. Il est actuellement trop tôt pour connaître l'issue des négociations et les conséquences de ce mouvement sur notre programme de vols.

Si la grève avait lieu, l'application de la loi Diard nous permettra d'avoir une estimation précise du nombre de grévistes, 48 heures à l'avance.
Notre programme de vols sera alors adapté en conséquence et les répercussions éventuelles sur votre voyage vous seront communiquées la veille de votre départ.
En attendant, soyez assuré que nos équipes se mobilisent et mettront tout en oeuvre pour vous accompagner afin de minimiser l'impact de ce mouvement social sur vos déplacements.

Néanmoins, sans attendre la confirmation de ce mouvement, nous vous proposons dès à présent les facilités commerciales suivantes :

• Vous pouvez anticiper votre voyage avant le 15 septembre 2014 ou le reporter entre le 23 et le 30 septembre 2014 inclus, sans frais, dans la limite des places disponibles en modifiant votre réservation sur notre site internet, ou sur nos sites mobiles.

• Pour un report de votre voyage au-delà du 30 septembre 2014, un changement de destination ou de point d'origine ou si vous ne souhaitez plus voyager, vous pouvez bénéficier d'un avoir valable un an sur Air France ou KLM. Dans ce cas, merci de contacter votre point de vente habituel.

Tout en souhaitant que votre voyage se déroulera normalement, nous vous prions d'accepter nos excuses pour les désagréments que ce mouvement social pourrait éventuellement vous causer.

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Post by sn26567 » 13 Sep 2014, 11:27

sn26567 wrote:French pilot unions call for strike action from 15 to 22 September: Air France flights could be affected.
All HOP! flights will fly as scheduled. Thus, no effect in Belgian airports.
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Post by sn26567 » 15 Sep 2014, 13:54

In addition to the Air France pilots (whose strike results in the cancellation of more than 50% of the flights, none of them in Brussels), the Lufthansa pilots do it again in Frankfurt: a strike is announced at Frankfurt Airport by pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit on 16th September from 09:00 to 17:00 CEST. It is not likely to affect Brussels (except for those passengers who fly FRA to connect with LH long-haul flights), since only the long-haul flights will be affected.

http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/ ... 2014-09-09
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Post by sn26567 » 15 Sep 2014, 20:23

sn26567 wrote:a strike is announced at Frankfurt Airport by pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit on 16th September from 09:00 to 17:00 CEST.
+++ UPDATE +++ All Lufthansa long-haul flights from Frankfurt to depart on September 16th despite the strike

After announcement from the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union that they will boycott the long-haul flights from Frankfurt on September 16th, Lufthansa published a special flight plan this afternoon.

The plan is for all 40 long-haul flights scheduled to depart tomorrow during the strike to take place. It is thus expected that the strike will not lead to any flight cancellations, rather just to a change in the departure times of 24 long-haul flights from Frankfurt.

Passengers booked on to a long-haul flight from Frankfurt on September 16th are kindly requested to check the status of their flight prior to departure: http://f.lh.com/nton

Please find more information here: http://f.lh.com/iry4
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