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BRU Aviapartner baggage handlers on strike - 25/26 Oct

BRU Aviapartner baggage handlers on strike - 25/26 Oct

Old Oct 26, 18, 2:52 am
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Exclamation BRU Aviapartner baggage handlers on strike - 25/26 Oct

FYI - BRU Aviapartner baggage handlers are on strike from yesterday. BRU airport website states all BA flights today are cancelled, and so far at least an IB one too.
I don't have further info at the moment, but I thought it was an info to share.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 4:03 am
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Is it really necessary to cancel all the flights just because baggage handlers are on strike? Surely there were many people who either didn't want to bring a bag or could have gone without one.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 4:12 am
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This action also apparently includes the ground staff who do push back from the gate and so on, and is more of an issue than just getting bags on and off the aircraft.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 4:14 am
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Originally Posted by V10 View Post
This action also apparently includes the ground staff who do push back from the gate and so on, and is more of an issue than just getting bags on and off the aircraft.
Ah thanks, that makes much more sense.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 7:54 am
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Negotiations have halted and it does not look like an agreement will pop out anytime soon. This COULD go on for quite a bit longer.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 8:48 am
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BA has also cancelled the 7.05 flight (BA389) on 27th Oct.
Basically all airlines using Aviapartner cancelled all flights from and to BRU, today. The airport landside departure area look quite messy with a giant queue for the shared aviapartner's desks; I also spotted an angry BA customer's twitter - about the lack of any BA representatives - reported by an online newspaper.


Maybe some mod could change the title in "BRU Aviapartner on strike - 25/26 Oct" as it involves not only baggage handlers?
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Old Oct 26, 18, 8:58 am
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Here is the airport website information on this, it appears to end on Saturday morning:

SATURDAY UPDATE: strike continues through to Sunday, see below for updates.
Work stoppage at baggage handler Aviapartner

Update Friday 26/10 – 12:30

As a result of a work stoppage at baggage handler Aviapartner, no flights are handled by Aviapartner on Friday 26 October, until 27 October 6 am.

Advice to the passengers
The following airlines are handled by Aviapartner on 26 October 2018. Kindly contact your airline for extra information.
  • Aer lingus
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Europa
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Transat
  • ANA - All Nippon Airways
  • BMI Regional
  • British Airways
  • CSA Czech Airlines
  • EasyJet
  • El Al
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • FlyEgypt
  • Hop!
  • Iberia
  • KLM
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Ryanair
  • SAS
  • Sun Express
  • TAP Portugal
  • Travel Service
  • TUI fly
  • Tunisair
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Vueling
  • Pegasus
  • Nouvelair Tunesia
Information for departing passengers whose flight was cancelled
Local departing passengers are requested not to wait in the terminal but to go home and contact their airline via their call centre or on their website. Baggage from cancelled flights cannot be retrieved today. The baggage will be sent on to its destination. We therefore ask departing passengers to file a missing baggage claim at their destination at the local Lost & Found partner of the airline in question. Passengers who do no longer wish to fly to their destination can contact the Lost & Found ‘Welcome services’ desk at Brussels Airport. More information is available here: https://www.brusselsairport.be/en/lostbaggage

Information for arriving passengers
Baggage cannot be retrieved today. Arriving passengers will be given a token which they can use to file a baggage claim.

We do everything in our power to limit the impact of this action and apologize for any inconvenience.

Last edited by corporate-wage-slave; Oct 27, 18 at 12:55 am
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Old Oct 26, 18, 9:57 am
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Good job I flew in via AMS this morning then.
As an aside, I noticed the first BRU flight was operating, albeit with an hour or so delay according to the FIDS, yet shows cancelled online. Strange.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 4:44 pm
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Strikes continues until 28th October at 6am.

Update Friday 26/10 – 7:15 pm
As a result of a work stoppage at baggage handler Aviapartner, no flights are handled by Aviapartner until Sunday 28 October 6 am.

Advice to the passengers
For the following airlines, there is no baggage handling by Aviapartner. Kindly contact your airline for more information on your flight.
  • Aer lingus
  • Air Baltic
  • Air Europa
  • Air Serbia
  • Air Transat
  • ANA - All Nippon Airways
  • BMI Regional
  • British Airways
  • CSA Czech Airlines
  • EasyJet
  • El Al
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • FlyEgypt
  • Hop!
  • Iberia
  • KLM
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Ryanair
  • SAS
  • Sun Express
  • TAP Portugal
  • Travel Service
  • TUI fly
  • Tunisair
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Vueling
  • Pegasus
  • Nouvelair Tunesia
Information for departing passengers whose flight was cancelled
Local departing passengers are requested not to wait in the terminal but to go home and contact their airline via their call centre or on their website.
Baggage from cancelled flights cannot be retrieved today.
The baggage will be sent on to its destination. We therefore ask departing passengers to file a missing baggage claim at their destination at the local Lost & Found partner of the airline in question.
Passengers who do no longer wish to fly to their destination can contact the Lost & Found ‘Welcome services’ desk at Brussels Airport. More information is available here: https://www.brusselsairport.be/en/lostbaggage

Information for arriving passengers

Baggage cannot be retrieved today.
Arriving passengers will be given a token which they can use to file a baggage claim.
We do everything in our power to limit the impact of this action and apologize for any inconvenience.
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Old Oct 26, 18, 11:49 pm
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LHR-BRU early flight cancelled this morning.
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Old Oct 27, 18, 12:54 am
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Yes it looks like this wasn't just a 24 hour stoppage as first advertised, it continues through Saturday and on to Sunday morning at least. SN Brussels Airline which does its own handling (via an internal company) is not directly affected but there seems to be a lot of delays for them too.
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Old Oct 27, 18, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Yes it looks like this wasn't just a 24 hour stoppage as first advertised, it continues through Saturday and on to Sunday morning at least. SN Brussels Airline which does its own handling (via an internal company) is not directly affected but there seems to be a lot of delays for them too.
SN handles its flights through Swissport instead of Aviapartner who are on strike, so their flights are not affected. I've listed them below.

Aviapartner: 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

Swissport: Adria Airways, Aeroflot, Air Algérie, Air Arabia, Air Canada, Air Malta, Alitalia, Atlasjet, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Cobalt Air, Corendon, Croatia Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Egyptair, Emirates, Eurolot, Finnair, Freebird Airlines, Germanwings, Hainan Airlines, Icelandair, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Tailwind Airlines, TAROM, Ten Airways, Thai Airways, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, WOWair, Swiss
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Old Oct 28, 18, 4:25 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Yes it looks like this wasn't just a 24 hour stoppage as first advertised, it continues through Saturday and on to Sunday morning at least. SN Brussels Airline which does its own handling (via an internal company) is not directly affected but there seems to be a lot of delays for them too.
A colleague got caught up in this on Thursday. He was on the last SN flight of the day back to LHR, and it was cancelled as they were at the gate waiting to board. SN said that no hotels were available*, so he ended up staying overnight airside for his rebooked flight at 11:20 the next day. At around 9am, this flight was also cancelled. The TA eventually managed to get him on Eurostar.

However... as he has 2 laptops, he tends to check in his bag. So, he now has no idea where his bag/laptops are! One of laptops is from the client, and will be a right PITA to get replaced if his bag doesn't turn up.

*I'd have been out of there in no time and on a train to somewhere were hotels were available
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Old Oct 28, 18, 5:00 am
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99% sure his luggage is still in the plane. Some staff from aviapartner wanted to unload them but were stopped by the unions and other staffmembers.
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