Liège Airport raged against Skeyes Flemish “strike culture”
Share article:
Share article:

Liège Airport raged against Skeyes Flemish “strike culture”

© Belga
© Belga

Liège Airport fulminated against the Skeyes air controllers movement that hit the Airport twelve times since early March, heavily impacting on the company’s activities. “I’m fed up with these Flemish officials who regularly insult ‘lazy’ Walloons,” its president José Happart stated. He evoked a certain “Flemish ‘strike culture’ that dare not speak its name” and requested verification of the actual health situation of air traffic controllers on sick leave. 

The Belgian airspace was closed again on Sunday night (1.30 – 4.30 am), when several Skeyes air controllers reported being sick. 

Since the beginning of March, between 250 and 300 flights were affected in Liege, which is the major cargo airport in Belgium (open 24/24 and 7/7). Many aircraft were either grounded or late arriving. The actions of Skeyes staff, which often took place at night, caused “terrible” disruption and the cost is to be calculated in millions of euros. 

And just when important clients like FedEx, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and AirBridgeCargo are active in the freight segment, Liège Airport said. These companies are losing customers and market shares and are concerned about the situation, which has broken the dynamic momentum established years ago. 

Its president Jose Happart suspects behind this movement a certain “unacceptable” complacency among doctors issuing false medical certificates, as well as a “structured” organization. A “Flemish strike culture that dare not speak its name.” “Never have so many people fallen ill at the same time in the same company,” he said in an interview with Belga. For him, it is “sabotage”: “Flanders acting deliberately against Wallonia”. 

The company does not want to see thousands of jobs in Liege Airport jeopardized and expects the Federal Minister of Health Maggie De Block to request that “the actual health situation of Flemish civil servants, who work at the expense of the Walloon economy” be checked. 

Jose Happart also called for the regionalization of airmanship, as did the Walloon Minister for Airports Jean-Luc Crucke (MR, Reformed Party) last week.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

European Council: Decisions on Covid-19 and energy and debate on other issues
At the two-days summit which ended on Friday, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, digital, energy prices, migration, trade and ...
Flanders ‘water bomb’ could cause €2 billion in damages and affect thousands
The next "water bomb" or heavy rainfall over Flanders could cause damages estimated at around €2 billion, and could affect up to 100,000 people in ...
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine 90% effective in 5 to 11-year-olds
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing symptomatic forms of the coronavirus in children aged five to 11, Pfizer announced on ...
Belgian airport named best for cargo in Europe
Brussels Airport has been named the best airport in Europe in a 2021 roundup of the best cargo airports across the world. The Asian Freight, ...
NASA plans first return mission to Moon in February 2022
The United States space agency, NASA, has announced that it will be aiming to launch its first, uncrewed mission to the moon, Artemis 1, in February ...
New, reportedly more contagious Delta mutation being monitored
A new mutation of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which is reported to be more contagious, is being monitored by health authorities in the ...
Angèle releases new single: ‘Bruxelles je t’aime’
Belgian singer Angèle has unveiled her latest song ahead of the release of her new album, due later this year. 'Bruxelles je t'aime' (Brussels I ...
23 million chickens and 1.7 million pigs: Climate experts call for livestock cut
Flander's livestock needs to be drastically cut to save the climate and reach the emission reduction targets, according to the latest advice from the ...
Vaccination uptake surges in Wallonia following CST announcement
The number of people getting vaccinated against the coronavirus increased fourfold in Wallonia after it was announced that the Covid Safe Ticket ...
Guilty by association
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES Weekly analysis and untold stories With SAM MORGAN Other Brussels behind the scenes stories: Brussels' bid to make ...
Health minister supports use of Covid Safe Ticket in workplace
As the use of the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) has been expanded in Brussels and is set to in Wallonia, federal health minister Frank Vandenbroucke has ...
Maggots show Conings may have lived longer following disappearance
Former army soldier Jürgen Conings, whose disappearance in mid-May resulted in a month-long manhunt, may have been alive for longer than has been ...