Ryanair cancels more than 80 flights to/from Charleroi

The low cost airline Ryanair has cancelled 82 flights that were even to leave from or arrive at Charleroi Airport (also known as Brussels South) on Friday. Unions representing the Irish airline’s pilots have called on their members to strike. A smaller number of flights to or from Zaventem Airport near Brussels on Friday will also be cancelled, bringing the total number of cancelled Ryanair flights at Belgian Airports to more than 100.

The travel plans of 13,940 passengers due to fly to or from Charleroi on Friday have been affected. This is around 70% of the Irish airline’s average daily traffic through Belgium’s second busiest passenger airport.   

A spokesman for the airport told VRT News that "41 outgoing and 41 incoming flights are impacted”.  

When the strike was announced Ryanair said that 104 flight flights to or from Belgium would be interested. The airport management company Brussels Airport will confirm exactly how many flights to and from Zaventem Airport will be scrapped in a statement due to be released on Wednesday.

Friday’s strike is the latest in a series of industrial action by Ryanair staff. Belgium is not the only country that will be hit by Friday’s action.