Brussels airport cancels all departing flights due to security staff strike

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No passenger flights are taking off from Brussels airport all day on Monday attributable to a strike by safety employees.

In a press release, the Belgian hub stated: “Brussels airport has closed to all departures attributable to safety strike.

“No departing flights on Monday 20 June.

“Because of the nationwide manifestation and strike of a giant a part of the safety employees of G4S on Monday 20 June, no passenger flights will depart from Brussels airport.

“Passengers are urged to not come to the airport and to rebook their flight.

“Solely arriving (and cargo) flights will likely be carried out.

“Contact your airline to rebook your flight.”

The stoppage is a part of a nationwide strike day organised by commerce unions ACV, ACLVB and ABVV, demanding assist for employees confronted with the rising value of residing.

Native public transport in Belgium can be affected by industrial motion.

British Airways has cancelled all however certainly one of its 5 every day flights from London Heathrow to Brussels on Monday. The one remaining service will return empty.

Brussels Airways flights from the capital to London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester have been grounded.

Earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, Belgium’s predominant airport dealt with over 25 million passengers yearly – the identical measurement as London Stansted.

It’s a key hub for flights to west and central Africa.

In 2016 two Isil terrorists detonated bombs at Brussels airport, as a part of a coordinated assault wherein greater than 30 individuals died.

The safety supplier, G4S, received a contract to function safety at Brussels airport in 2017. It offers aviation and safety companies at 120 airports worldwide.

Operations on the Belgian capital’s price range airport, Charleroi, look like operating usually – regardless that G4S additionally offers safety.

Later this week pilots and cabin crew working for Brussels Airways are anticipated to stroll out.

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