Flights across Belgium are expected to be impacted by an “unplanned” strike by air traffic control operator Skeyes, which could disrupt flights throughout the day.
All planes flying into or out a Belgian airport will be impacted, and some flights beyond Belgian borders may also be subject to delays, according to a European aviation authority, Eurocontrol.
In the Brussels area, the air control centre will not operate from 9:30 until at least 13:00, as a result of the strike.
In Brussels Zaventem airport, the strikes have already led to the cancellation of over 50 flights, as well as in Charleroi airport.
Two hours before the strike was set to kick-off, the head of Eurocontrol said on Twitter that Skeyes decision was “unplanned.”
The EUROCONTROL Network Manager has just been advised of an unplanned strike at Skeyes in Belgium (below FL245) today from 0930-1300 local time. This impacts all flights arriving in or leaving Belgian airports.@Transport_EU @IATA @A4Europe @CANSOEurope https://t.co/5iYAttwV3s pic.twitter.com/uIqhEUbh7W
— Eamonn Brennan (@eurocontrolDG) 16 de mayo de 2019
Dissatisfaction over work conditions and lack of personnel seemingly continues to grow among the staff of the air traffic control operator, as the strikes, ongoing since March.
In a statement, Brussels Airport said disturbances could continue throughout the day.
The Brussels Times