Brussels Airlines Cancels All Flights in Advance of National Strike

By Paul Riegler on 8 February 2019
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DSC_1525 (1)Three Belgian trade unions called for a general strike on February 13 after a breakdown in talks over wages.

The unions want to increase pressure on employers to agree to a higher wage increase than the 0.8% for 2019-2020 that was proposed by the Central Economic Council.

The move will affect the majority of domestic and international flights in the country as well as public trains, buses, and trams.

Brussels Airlines said early Friday it would cancel all flights on February 13 and offer refunds.  The move applies to over 222 flights and 16,000 travelers.

Brussels Airport said it expects significant disruptions as a result of the strike, impacting multiple airlines including British Airways, Delta, and Lufthansa.

“Due to the general strike planned by the Belgian unions for 13/02, we expect operations at #brusselsairport to be seriously disrupted,” it said on Twitter.

The airport advises passengers rebook for a different day and, if they must travel, request that they only bring hand luggage.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this situation beyond our control may cause,” the airport said in a statement.

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