Strikes affecting Belgian airports in 2014-2015

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 04 Dec 2014, 14:44

Learning from the experience of previous weeks at CRL and LGG, I think that

1) the airport will remain open and most flights will be operated (although SN already cancelled some flights preventively)
2) public transport to the airport will not operate at all
3) the unions might block the access roads to the airport

Therefore I'd suggest that you don't take your own car to the airport, but have someone drive you there (he can always drop you at a blockade 1 or 2 km from the airport).

I'd also suggest you travel light: baggage handlers might be on strike as well...
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 04 Dec 2014, 18:49

So far 40 flights (= approx 3000 passengers) have been cancelled at Brussels Airport due to the planned industrial actions on 8 December.

Due to the strikes in Brussels/Brabant on 8 December, Jetairfly will divert its flights to Charleroi, Liège, Ostend and, for long-haul flights, Amsterdam Schiphol (in the same way as, on 1 December, during the strike in Liège, it diverted its flights to Brussels, to where it bussed its passengers). Details here: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=55267
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 05 Dec 2014, 15:01

National transportation strike in Italy on 12th Dec 2014:

The planned actions are as follows:

ENAV ATC personnel strike 0900-1700 UTC
NOTAM A7928

Italian Airports personnel strike 0900-1700 UTC

Alitalia personnel (+ pilots) strike 1100-1500 UTC
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 05 Dec 2014, 16:40

All Finnair flights to/from Brussels on Monday, December 8 are cancelled.

Finnair offers customers the following flexibility for change of travel dates:
  • Ticket is issued by December 5, 2014
  • Ticket travel date is December 8 or 15, 2014
  • New travel dates (orig. December 8) are from December 5 until 11, 2014, excluding December 8
  • New travel dates (orig. December 15) are from December 12 until 18, 2014, excluding December 15
  • Change of origin or destination is not allowed
  • Refund if flight is cancelled
You may change the travel date by calling to Finnair +358 10 804060 or local Finnair Customer Service or to your Travel Agent. If the flight is cancelled, you may apply refund by filling a refund application in order to get a full refund of the ticket fare.

Please check the departure and arrival times in Flight status. We do our best to contact the passengers on the flights affected directly. Please check from My booking that we have your current contact information.
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by ExSabena » 05 Dec 2014, 16:54

The 3 UNITED flights (Newark - Chicago - Washington) are cancelled also.

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by Acid-drop » 05 Dec 2014, 17:17

I finally moved my flight to tuesday ... but that's a flight to italy with alitalia and now :
"National transportation strike in Italy on 12th Dec 2014"

seriously ... wtf !


why Jetairfly and others don't use LGG for long haul ?
Security check reasons ?
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 05 Dec 2014, 18:40

Acid-drop wrote:why Jetairfly and others don't use LGG for long haul ?
Security check reasons ?
It might be an IT problem: when Pegasus came to CRL, the IT had to be reconfigured, because it had not be designed to handle connections (Pegasus was the first airline to offer connecting flights departing from CRL).
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 05 Dec 2014, 18:53

All Jet Airways flights to/from BRU cancelled as well on 8 December:

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by Acid-drop » 06 Dec 2014, 13:15

It says november everywhere. Well done :)
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by airazurxtror » 06 Dec 2014, 14:57

Monday, the railway stations at Brussels-Midi and North will be blocked by the strikers.
For the first time, also the buses that usually substitute the trains, notably to the airport ( Roissy? Zaventem ? Charleroi ?) will be blocked.
"Le Soir" today page 16.
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 06 Dec 2014, 16:02

sn26567 wrote:Due to the strikes in Brussels/Brabant on 8 December, Jetairfly will divert its flights to Charleroi, Liège, Ostend and, for long-haul flights, Amsterdam Schiphol
... and Thomas Cook diverts two of its flights to Lille, with a bus shuttle to/from Brussels Airport.
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 06 Dec 2014, 16:55

airazurxtror wrote:Monday, the railway stations at Brussels-Midi and North will be blocked by the strikers.
Also Leuven, from where there are usually trains to Brussels Airport...
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by convair » 06 Dec 2014, 18:26

To the moderators:

I think it would be handy to have reverse chronology on this thread. Thank you.

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by luchtzak » 06 Dec 2014, 22:20

convair wrote:To the moderators:

I think it would be handy to have reverse chronology on this thread. Thank you.
You can select this below the topic how you would like to read a topic (or via your control panel): "Sort by" "ascending" or "descending".

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 07 Dec 2014, 12:15

Updated on 7/12 at 22h52

So far, 41% or 252 flights have been cancelled at Brussels Airport due to the planned strike this Monday 8 December.

United (3 flights), Delta, US Airways, Jet Airways (8 flights), Alitalia, easyJet (15 flights), Lufthansa (14 flights), Austrian, British Airways, Swiss, Finnair, KLM, Aer Lingus, CSA Czech Airlines, Air Serbia, Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines, El Al, Air Arabia, Etihad, Emirates, MEA, Tunisair, Aeroflot, among others, cancelled all their flights.

Iberia, TAP Air Portugal have cancelled some flights, but not all of them.

The Jetairfly flights are diverted to Liège, Charleroi and Ostend (medium-haul) and Amsterdam (long-haul). Two Thomas Cook flights are diverted to Lille.

LOT, Ryanair, SAS, Vueling (among others) have maintained all their flights.

Brussels Airlines has preventively cancelled only 16 flights out of more than 100:
Overview cancelled flights 08/12
SN 2038 Birmingham - Brussels
SN 2045 Brussels - Birmingham
SN 2057 Brussels - Bristol
SN 2058 Bristol - Brussels
SN 2063 Brussels - Edinburgh
SN 2064 Edinburgh - Brussels
SN 2307 Brussels - Stockholm
SN 2308 Stockholm - Brussels
SN 2317 Brussels - Gothenburg
SN 2318 Gothenburg - Brussels
SN 2367 Brussels - Riga
SN 2368 Riga - Brussels
SN 2587 Brussels - Berlin Tegel
SN 2588 Berlin Tegel - Brussels
SN 2625 Brussels - Hamburg
SN 2626 Hamburg - Brussels
SN 2637 Brussels - Hannover
SN 2638 Hannover - Brussels
SN 2705 Brussels - Basel
SN 2706 Basel - Brussels
SN 2719 Brussels - Geneva
SN 2720 Geneva - Brussels
SN 2901 Brussels - Vienna
SN 2902 Vienna - Brussels
SN 3291 Brussels - Tel Aviv
SN 3292 Tel Aviv - Brussels
SN 3591 Brussels - Lyon
SN 3592 Lyon - Brussels
SN 3661 Brussels - Strasbourg
SN 3662 Strasbourg - Brussels
SN 3669 Brussels - Toulouse
SN 3670 Toulouse - Brussels
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by convair » 07 Dec 2014, 13:00

luchtzak wrote:
convair wrote:To the moderators:

I think it would be handy to have reverse chronology on this thread. Thank you.
You can select this below the topic how you would like to read a topic (or via your control panel): "Sort by" "ascending" or "descending".
Great! Silly me! I hadn't noticed! Thanks a lot.

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 07 Dec 2014, 22:23

First cancellations and diversions already on 7 December evening:
TK1941 from Istanbul: cancelled
JAF7386 from Rabat: diverted to CRL
JAF7162 from Tel Aviv: diverted to LGG

The above list of cancellations of 8 December has been updated: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=54092&p=310087#p310087
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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by b-west » 08 Dec 2014, 12:40

It does look like that most, if not all, the flights that hadn't been cancelled beforehand do operate. I wonder if this would encourage airlines to not cancel their flights for next weeks strike.

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by convair » 08 Dec 2014, 12:56

The question is: are the planes full or empty?

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Re: Strikes affecting Belgian airports

Post by sn26567 » 08 Dec 2014, 16:05

Owing to a national strike in Belgium, Jet Airways, Air Baltic and Aegean Airlines have already announced the cancellation of their flights of 15 December to/from Brussels Airport.

(updated 10/12 at 12:35)
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