110 flights cancelled as strike enters fifth day

The strike by baggage handlers employed by Aviapartner at Zaventem Airport, near Brussels has entered its fifth day. 110 of the 630 flights due to leave the airport on Monday have been cancelled.  The unions and management started a third day of talks aimed at resolving the dispute at 11am.   

A second day of talks on Sunday failed to bring an end to the dispute. Nevertheless, the Airport’s Spokeswoman Anke Fransen told journalists that as on Saturday night no passengers had asked to be able to sleep in the airport building and that consequently the airport had not put out any camp beds.  

However, “There could always be a passenger that has spent the night at the airport on their own initiative”, Ms Fransen added.

Ms Fransen went onto say that passengers should best keep in touch with their airline to check whether or not it is worth them going to the airport. Some airlines have diverted flights to other airports and are providing coaches to get their passengers there from Zaventem.  

Meanwhile, the airline TUIfly has said that it will provide its own staff to load and unload its aircraft for the further duration of the strike.

"Airlines can ask for an exemption allowing them do their own baggage handling and some of them have done so”, Ms Fransen explained.