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    Airspace shut down overnight as Skeyes conflict continues

    "They do 15 shifts in 16 days,” Callaerts said. “That’s how the shortage of staff is hidden.” Credit: © Belga

    Parts of Belgian airspace managed by air traffic controller Skeyes shut down during the early hours of Tuesday due to a shortage of personnel, as the conflict between the company’s board and its employees continues.

    After a three-hour shutdown that lasted from 1:30 to 4:30 AM, the airspace controlled by Skeyes has now reportedly reopened.

    The closure comes after Skeyes CEO last week said he was confident that the approach of the summer months would bring the conflict to an end.

    The Skeyes conflict has seen the air controller’s employees go on several strikes since the start of the year, with the latest airspace closure dating back to May 16.

    The strikes have resulted in severe disruptions to air traffic and heavy losses for Belgian airports and air travel companies, including Brussels Airlines.

    Union reprensentatives and management are set to continue negotiations on June 24.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times