Brussels Airport has warned that there could be waiting times of up to eight hours on Monday as a result of the national strike action and has called on passengers not to come to the airport and postpone flights where possible.
Belgium is once again expected to be paralysed by a national strike on Monday 20 June, which will affect trams, trains and metros in the country, but also airport operations. Both Brussels and Charleroi Airport previously warned that operations would be heavily impacted, and advised people not to travel.
"Brussels Airport expects severe disruption of airport operations on Monday, June 20 due to a national manifestation and the strike of a large number of the G4S security staff next Monday," it said in the latest announcement on its website.
"Current estimates indicate that passengers will have to wait up to eight hours at the security screening," it added, strongly advising passengers not to come to the airport and rebook their flight "if possible." It is also expected that baggage handling staff and other companies at the airport will join the strike on Monday, organised by trade unions in Belgium, during which they are calling on the government to guarantee the protection of employees in light of the continued rising cost of living. Read more about the purpose of the strikes here.
UPDATE - National manifestation June 20: waiting times up to 8 hours expected, rebook your flight if possible. If still travelling, verify the status of your flight and take your precautions. More information: https://t.co/jTGI6egjFk pic.twitter.com/lPfAzTcGTH— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) June 18, 2022
Taking necessary precautionsThe airport has advised people who still plan to come to the airport to check the airline's website as many last-minute cancellations are expected. TUI has already stated it will be redirecting flights to and from regional airports. Currently, about 65% of the flights are cancelled and this percentage will increase even more.
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