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General Strike Brings Belgian Air Traffic To A Halt

A general strike in Belgium has stopped flights into and out of the country on Wednesday. The industrial action comes as a result of poor wage growth and is impacting flights at both Brussels Airport as well as at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL). This strike is set to end late on Wednesday.

A general strike has halted all flights into and out of Belgium on Wednesday, the BBC reports. This comes as a result of industrial action by three separate trade bodies over sluggish wage growth. Flight cancellations began at 9 p.m. local time on Tuesday and were slated to continue for 24 hours.

Skeyes, the European nation’s civil aviation authority, offered its comments on the strike in a statement made late on Tuesday, saying, “Despite all the efforts made by the skeyes management, six hours before the start of the national strike, the company does not have sufficient insight into the staffing levels during the industrial action that will start tonight. skeyes’ employees do not have to declare their intentions to work or not during trade union actions in advance.

“There is no certainty about the number of staff in a limited number of key posts. Therefore, skeyes is forced not to allow air traffic between Tuesday 12 February 10 p.m. local time and Wednesday 13 February 10 p.m.,” it said.

Brussels Airport (BRU) has been severely impacted by the strike action. BRU confirmed via its Twitter feed that no flights would be operating into or out of the facility until late in the evening on Wednesday.

At Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL), a spokesperson acknowledged the impact that the strike is having on air passengers as well as on road and rail users. They were quoted by the outlet as saying, “We know that there will be substantial road blocks around the airport. And, on another hand, we know that the air traffic would be affected.”

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