Delays expected as Strikes hit Brussels Airport

Air traffic in Brussels Airport is badly impacted after a work to rule attack by handler Swissport broke out early on Tuesday, halting ground operations and leading airport officials to warn passengers of potential delays.

Flights operated by Brussels Airlines are particularly hit by the employee’s actions, but flights from different airlines including Emirates, United Airlines, Air Cadana, Alitalia, Air Arabia or even Germanwings are also set to be affected.

A spokesperson to Brussels Airlines told media which it was deploying its might make an effort to mitigate the impact of the attack on its operations, but warned that”they could not handle everything”

The attack comes after talks between trade unions and direction on Monday saw the former walk off frustrated.

As a consequence of potential work to rule actions this morning at Swissport, flight delays are all possible. We advise passengers that fly out of Brussels Airport to arrive at the airport well ahead of time.

— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) July 2, 2019

The bottom handler’s employees are taking out the action to drive attention with their own”unsustainable” labor states,  as employees report being”exhausted” by work overload.

“In all sections, there is a question of understaffing,” one representative told Aviation24, adding:”In the beginning of the amount of holidays, and the workers are tired.”

“Employees tell me that a group of five is performing a project for several people,” yet another trade union spokesperson, Fouad Bougrine, told French media, adding that understaffing was also a common reason for flight delays.

Brussels Airport warned passengers that waits were potential and advised travellers to”come to the airport well ahead of time,” as the actions might allegedly continue until 10:00 AM.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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