After the national strike that prevented all flights from departing from Zaventem Airport, in Brussels, Brussels Airlines announced another strike on 23, 24 and 25 June, which is expected to cancel 315 flights.
1. Strike to cancel 60% of the flights
During those days, 533 flights, including charters, were scheduled for almost 70,000 passengers. More than half of them will have their flights cancelled, Brussels Airlines said yesterday in a company statement.
We sincerely regret the impact of these social actions on our customers, at the start of the summer holidays (…) we plan to keep around 40% of the original flight programme.reads the announcement
Brussels Airlines said it regrets the talks with social partners have not led to an agreement for the company’s cockpit and cabin crew departments. “The management of Brussels Airlines remains open to discussions with the trade unions,” stated the airline.
2. Call for help
Brussels Airlines said it is looking for solutions to find other flights, namely within the Lufthansa group and outside. The company announced that three long-haul aircraft will be operated to cover four flights to Nice and six to Rome. The Belgian airline said it intended to inform all customers affected by the strike about the status of their flights by June 21 at the end of the day.
Aware of the discomfort that the airline is causing to passengers, Brussels Airlines said they were doing everything possible to revise their flights schedule as soon as they have a view on the participation rate of crews in the strike actions.
“Passengers can check on our website if their contact details are included in their booking (Manage My Booking) and add them if not yet done. Passengers who have booked via a tour operator or (online) travel agency need to contact their respective agency,” reads the statement.