Wednesday, 31 October 2018
About a hundred flights out of 620, scheduled to depart from Brussels Airport are cancelled Wednesday, due to the strike by luggage handler Aviapartner, indicated the airport’s spokes-person Anke Fransen. Fransen recommends passengers to confirm that their respective flights will depart, and if cancelled to get in touch with their airline.
On Wednesday an agreement was reached between the unions and Aviapartner’s management. The strike which is now in its 6th day, looks likely to end, with some employees already back at work.
According to the socialist union UBT-FGTB, the negotiations between the management and the employees’ representatives results in an increase of the number of work contracts as well as employee bonuses.
About 30 airlines outsource the baggage handling to Aviapartner, such as British Airways, El Al, KLM, SAS, Ryanair and TUI Fly amongst others.
Regarding any luggage that has been left at the airport due to the strike, Brussels Airport recommends not coming to the terminals until passengers have received a message inviting them to collect their luggage. In total, 1,500 suitcases are currently left at Brussels Airport.
The Brussels Times