More than half of the flights originally scheduled for Brussels Airport on Wednesday February 13th have been canceled due to the general strike. “So far, 317 of the 569 scheduled flights have been cancelled, or 55% of total traffic,” said Brussels Airport spokeswoman, Anke Fransen.
Twenty-six airlines have canceled their flights to or from Zaventem. Around 60,000 travelers were initially expected at Brussels Airport on Wednesday.
Charleroi airport will be closed Wednesday, management for the airport announced on Monday. The airport offers the opportunity for travelers to make their arrangements and modify their plans according to the terms and conditions proposed by their airline.
The three main unions in the country (FGTB, CSC, CGSLB) called for a national strike on Wednesday after the failure of social consultation in the private sector. The unions estimate that the salary increase of 0.8% for the next two years, excluding the index, is insufficient.
Skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol), the company in charge of air traffic control in Belgium, has decided to limit air traffic capacity to 50% during trade union action (from Tuesday, February 12 at 22h to Wednesday, February 13 at 22h).
The company made this decision on the basis of the data it currently has on the workforce. “This way, safety will continue to be guaranteed,” Skeyes informed.