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27 Mar 2019 | 09:38 AM UTC

Belgium: Flight disruptions possible at Brussels and Antwerp airports March 27 during strikes /update 1

Belgium News Alert

Flight disruptions possible at Brussels Airport (BRU) and Antwerp International Airport (ANR) March 27 due to strikes; confirm flight reservations

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Brussels). COUNTRY/REGION Belgium, Brussels-Zaventem International Airport (BRU), Antwerp

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Flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) are possible at Brussels Airport (BRU) and Antwerp International Airport (ANR) on Wednesday, March 27, due to planned strikes and protests. Baggage handlers at BRU are planning to protest in Brussels on Wednesday, which will likely result in disruptions to baggage handling services; related flight delays and cancelations are also possible. Furthermore, air traffic controllers at ANR are planning to stage a strike from 14:30 to 15:30 (local time) on Wednesday; flight operations will therefore be suspended during this period due to staff shortages. Lingering flight delays and cancelations at ANR are likely following the work stoppage period.


On a related note, air traffic controllers at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL) in Charleroi were on strike between 08:00-10:00 (local time) on Wednesday, March 27.

Air traffic controllers nationwide have staged near-weekly strikes since mid-February to demand promotions, bonuses, and other benefits. The strike has resulted in periodic airspace closures in recent weeks. 


Individuals flying via Belgian airports, particularly ANR, BRU, and CRL, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, confirm flight reservations prior to departure for the airport, and contact their airline directly for more information.


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