The regulations for the obligatory work and rest periods are set at a European level. One year ago the European Commission commissioned an evaluation report but according to the trade unions the Commission has done nothing with the results of the report.
As the regulation now stands, pilots are allowed to fly up to 14 consecutive hours without a break. Critics say that this is dangerous because not only is it a strain on the pilots' concentration at the moment but it can also lead to accumulated fatigue.
"Three weeks of almost constant work is just not acceptable," says Frédéric De Clerck of the liberal trade union ACLVB.