It’s highly uncertain when Aviapartner will resume operations at Brussels Airport as day-long negotiations on Friday and Saturday have ended without any result. Last night, the management has called for a conciliation meeting given the urgency of the situation. The wildcat strike that started Thursday evening is causing much chaos and disgruntlement among the stranded passengers and the affected airlines. On Sunday, 150 from the 550 scheduled flights have been cancelled. Since Thursday, 530 flights have been cancelled.
According to the unions, the conflict already started back in January: “the commitments made at the time were not complied with“, the management disputes this. Discussions should resume this Sunday at the premises of the Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue in Brussels, and not at the airport. The meeting, originally planned at 10:00 (UTC +1) has now been scheduled for 13:00.
On Sunday, holiday airline TUI Fly Belgium will divert five flights to Lille (France), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Antwerp Airport. Passengers will be coached towards these alternative airports. The 16 other TUI flights have been scheduled to depart from Brussels Airport, the airline requests passengers that depart from Brussels to travel “handluggage only“. The airline confirmed to Aviation24.be that they are taking all the appropriate measures to bring its passengers to their final destination as swiftly as possible.
Aer Lingus is diverting its Brussels flights to Paris, the passengers will then be transferred to Brussels by bus.
Your departure time and all your booking details will remain the same, Paul. The bus will depart from Paris airport and arrive at Brussels airport. The travel duration is 2 hours 40 mins.
— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) October 28, 2018
Brussels Airlines, Brussels Airport’s biggest customer, is not affected by the actions as their flights are handled by Swissport.
At Brussels Airport, Aviapartner handles Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, Air Europa, Air Serbia, Air Transat, All Nippon Airways, BMI Regional, British Airways, CSA Czech Airlines, Easyjet, El Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, FlyEgypt, HOP Airlines, Iberia, KLM, Meridiana Fly, Nouvelair, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Sun Express, TAP Portugal, Transavia, TUIfly, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Vueling.
Meanwhile, Brussels Airport urges passengers to check if their airline is handled by Aviapartner, in that case the airport asks passengers to travel “handluggage only“.
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