After strikes, Liege airport calls for regional air traffic control
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Liege Airport – like many others in Belgium – has suffered as a result of the ongoing strikes by air traffic controllers Skeyes. For Luc Partoune, the CEO of Liege Airport, a solution needs to be found to prevent further action.
“These social movements are hijacking all our customers. Behind each package, there is a customer. Skeyes no longer provides the service which it is paid for,” he said.
“It is totally abnormal that a minority of air traffic controllers endanger the economic activity of our airport, airlines and their customers,” said Partoune. “These actions must stop immediately. In the medium term, I plead for the regionalisation of air traffic control and for the privatisation of this service which cannot be interrupted in any case,” he added.
For Airports Minister Jean-Luc Crucke, there is potential in this idea.
“The regionalisation of air traffic control is a serious path, especially as Flanders is favourable to that solution. I know that at the level of international law, it will not be easy to accept, but we cannot continue like that. Airlines need stability to work,” he said.