Surprise strike causes chaos at Charleroi airport

Surprise strike causes chaos at Charleroi airport
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Security personnel have undertaken surprise strike activity on Sunday afternoon at the Charleroi (Brussels South) Airport, according to Belgian media RTL Info.

“They prevented passengers from entering. After a few minutes we finally saw passengers being let through the security checks,” one Belgian told the press.

Early estimates state that airport security was disrupted for around one hour and ten minutes. Images taken at the airport by frustrated passengers showed large queues at check in counters.

One airport information screen photographed by passengers displayed the message: “Strike. Dear passengers, all operations are suspended for the time being.” The strike caused severe disruption to the scheduled flights. Images taken at 16:00 showed that the departure hall was completely filled with travellers.

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Charleroi airport confirmed that an unscheduled strike did indeed take place on Sunday afternoon, lasting around an hour. The cause or consequences of the strike are still unknown. Some flights, passengers report, have departed without passengers. The airport is set to update travellers soon.

In June, strikes at Brussels Zaventem Airport caused delays of up to eight hours and cancelled 65% of scheduled flights. Unions are at loggerheads with airports and airlines over working conditions and remuneration.

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