Belgian Airport Strike
2/2018 Aviapartner and Swissport have renewed baggage handling contract till 2025. Workers are still under staffed, dealing with poor scheduling and lack of training.
Here's some transport strikes you might get caught up in this month, March 2018. Some may even be cancelled.
Couple of strikes on the horizon you should know.
March 22, 2018 French air traffic control strike likely to effect your travel plans to and from Zaventem, Belgium.
Are you traveling with Air France following day? Air France ground crews and pilots will strike Friday 23 March, 2018 Updates
4 February 2018 Very busy bus company De Lijn workers will strike 16 February, 2018 for 24 hours. Be prepared for extra traffic on roads, traffic jams, passengers pour into trains. Give yourself extra time to travel to Zaventem Airport.
4 February, 2018 You should know Brussels airline staff threaten to ground airline this week. Stay in close contract with them.
Saturday 28 January, 2018 TAP Air Portugal have planned strike action next month. Gatwick airport shuttles and several aviation strikes are planned in Italy. See our front page
Yesterday Aviapartner baggage handling company at Brussels airport held a wildcat strike. Strike involved incoming flights only. Minimal wait for luggage. Workers are complaining of over work. This is likely to get worse in the summer. You might want to bring just a carry on..
We know Aviapartner does handling for Ryanair, British Airways and TUIFly, possible other airlines involved.
Belgian Taxi Strike
Belgian taxi strike is planned for Tuesday, December, 12. Other taxi strikes will come this month, no dates given.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
KLM strike by flight attendants. KLM strike will last 24 hours and be held on Monday, 8 January 2018. Schiphol Airport to take brunt of strike action. VNC flight attendants union giving plenty of notice ot passengers. Issue over management reducing one flight attendant on long hauls. Minimal disruption expected.
CGSP Cheminots Rail 19 December, 2017 Strike action Idea is to block the country, demonstrations are also planned. Strike starts Monday, 10pm 18th goes till 10pm Tuesday. Demonstrations start 10:30am in Brussels Tuesday.
Public service strike again:-
Wednesday 20, December and Thursday, Friday 21 and 22 December.
CGSP notice includes trams, bus and metro. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your airport Charleroi and Liege.
French air Traffic Control Strike
Flights to and from Brussels Airport will be effected. Controllers will strike starting Monday, 9 October, 2017 early evening, not ending till Wednesday morning 11th October. Your flight will be delayed, cancelled or brought forward. Call your airline, be prepared to wait.
22 August 2017 Wildcat strike today by Swissport baggage handlers. Some flights have been cancelled. Airport asking passengers, if possible, take hand luggage only.
Swissport handlers work for 35 airlines. Here's some:-Brussels Airlines, Aeroflot, Alitalia, Hainan Airlines, Finnair, Swiss Airlines, Germanwings, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Air Arabia, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air Algerie, Royal Air Maroc, Thai Airways.
What a mess. Some passengers having to sleep on the airport floor. Strike is to continue tomorrow Here's our favorite link flightstats
The news online reporting after the city of Brussels put on extra security measures 30 terrorists have been caught.
Are you flying to Italy this month? Italian aviation strikes are planned 2017
24 May 2017 Brussels Airport no arrival flights between 3pm and 3:40 today, followed by moderate delays.
2 January 2017 Brussels airlines delays today with baggage handling. No strike, rather bad scheduling by Swissport company. Not enough staff to cover one of the busiest days of the year.
Last year 2016 industrial actions at Belgian Airport
Belgium planned general strike dates
Friday June 24, 2016
Saturday September 24, 2016
Friday October 7, 2016
Update:-October 6, 2016 Brussels airport has notice up. Expect problems at Zaventem Airport with baggage handlers union (ABVV/FGTB) has asked them not to go to work tomorrow.
Brussels Airport and Charleroi
Update:-22 June 2016 Turns out general strike is still on for Friday. 7sur.be reporting transportation will be disrupted. Just give yourself extra time to get to your airport expect taxi shortages, traffic jams.. Much of the country is expected to be paralyzed. Trains will stop working 10pm, tomorrow, Thursday. SNCB advising passengers to “provide for other transportation alternatives and not just rely on trains to get around” Use website www.letrain.be, the SNCB app, twitter accounts and Facebook @SNCB and the Contact Center (02 / 528.28.28). “ More information to come out tomorrow/tonightSaturday June 18, 2016 Zaventem Brussels Airport, shenanigans at the airport today Lavenir.net You should know, Belgium has some general strikes planned. Italian and Greek airports have strike actions planned
Friday June 10, 2016 Airport had a power failure today. Security lines backed up.
French Air Traffic Control Strike
15 May 2016 Flights from and to Brussels Airport will likely be delayed, cancelled or brought forward due to French air traffic control strike.
French air traffic controllers will strike on Thursday May 19, 2016. (and perhaps 26 May?) If strike goes ahead airlines will be asked to cut back flights to and from France. Stay in close contact with your airline. Air France will take brunt of strike action. French national rail company SNCF is also striking.
French taxi drivers are threatening to join in.
If you are changing flights in France and have a long lay over in a French international arrivals lounge. Get a French visa as you will be sleeping on a cot in the lounge while other passengers sleep in a comfortable hotel bed with private bathroom. March 2016 saw 140 passengers sleeping on the floor at Orly Airport.
Expect knock-on effect.
Brussels Airport and Charleroi
Thursday May 12, 2016 Workers back to work last night. You can still face cancellations. Call your airline.
Wednesday 11 May 2016 Wildcat strike today by baggage handlers who work for Aviapartner. Aviapartner do handling for Qatar Airways, Jetair, Etihad and SAS.
Saturday April 23, 2016 Controllers still calling in sick, delays of over an hour. Perhaps you need to know French air traffic control along with several other transportation unions will strike this week 28 April. Greek general strike is being planned for May.
Thursday 14 April 2016 41 flights ended up being canceled today. 29 incoming flights and 12 outbound, mostly Brussels Airlines. According to the powers that be, situation is now stable.
12 April 2016 Wildcat strike by Belgian air traffic control (How can this be legal?) Strike over pension reform. Call your airline asap.
Strike likely to go in through the night.
Old strikes from this year already, left up for the insurance companies
6 April 2016 Some flights are leaving. On the most part it's cancellations.
You might also have to deal with flight delays causing disruption around the network due to
Update:-30 March 2016 Article from Evening Standard regarding airport security. No date for airport opening in the near future.
Update:-26 March Brussels airport terminal deemed structure stable. Cars that have been stuck in car park can be picked up tomorrow. Airport still not open.
Update:-Brussels Airport will be open 23:59hrs local time Thursday night. No commercial flights will operate on Friday. Brussels Airlines operating from Leige and Antwerp. EasyJet Lille and Malpensa. Passengers still can not retrieve cars from parking lot.
Update:-Brussels Airport will be open 23:59hrs local time Wednesday night.
22 March 2016 Brussels Airport closed due to two explosions in the departure lounge. One near American Airline desk other Brussels Airlines check in desk at 8am. Another explosion at local subway station. All trains halted to the airport. Roads blocked allowing rescue workers only.
Several deaths and injuries have been reported.
French air traffic control strike
Update:-18 March 2016 French air traffic control strike 20 - 22 March is on, airlines to be asked to cut back flights by 20%. Another meeting to take place Sunday morning 8:30 UTC time see NOP
Old strikes from 2015
New 11 August 2015 Several viewers telling us that Aviapartner baggage handlers are on strike today at Brussels airport. British Airway's also effected. Strike is now over, agreement has been made see FlandersNews.be
Update:Thursday 6 August 2015 Work to rule is over after meetings took place today.
Update:-August 3, 2015 Go slow started today at Brussels airport and now threatens to go on all week. Get to the airport earlier than usual.
Monday August 3, 2015 by security workers will “Work to Rule” “Go Slow… Go slow will go on for a "few hours" You will likely to be delayed as security workers will be doing thorough security checks. Airport has had 50 security breaches since March of this year.
Old strikes for 2015
Tunisair Strike, will effect flights to and from Brussels airport.
Srtike by flight attendants will start Friday June 4, 2015.
Strike will last 48 hours.
Strike will have an effect at all popular Tunisair airports - Tunis-Carthage, Monastir, Djerba Enfidha.
Old strikes from 2015
Update_ 20 April, 2015 Public transport strike in effect. All trains/buses to take a severe hit. Police/airport security workers to strike till 5pm Tuesday. "Will do things by the book" Expect delays at security departures and arrivals. Brussels Airport asking passengers to get to the airport early particularly for UK, Turkish or USA.
Last year 2014 industrial actions.
Belgian Airport Strikes
FGTB Union plan massive walk-out - will send a "strong signal" union expect airports to not function. Brussels Airlines notice up. Urging passengers to bring hand luggage for both strike dates. Monday December 8 and Monday 15 December, 2014 Charleroi airport and Brussels - Zaventem Airport - a significant number of workers and managers are expected to be on strike and will likely be blocking your entry to the Charleroi and Brussels airport. Unions had the nerve to ask officials to stop the first flights of the day.
STIB, buses, Brussels public transport will also have two days of strikes 8th and 15th. Thalys has cancelled trains to France, Brussels and the Netherlands. Eurostar all trains will stop at Lille.
19 October 2014 We have some air strikes you might want to know about that may effect your travel plans.
Italian air strikes and general strikes in Belgium and Morocco see ETR
Belgian police strike planned for 22/23 October.
German Railway strike issues still not resolved
Old industrial actions for 2014
Italian Air Traffic Control Strike
26 June 2014 Air traffic control strike over 1500 UTC. Expect knock on effect.
25 June 2014 Brussels Airport also hit by Belgian air traffic control strike tonight. Union expected to strike in the night and again early morning. 2 - 3 hours. Union only to give three hours notice.
French ATC strike in full force has been cancelled.
Flights from Zaventem Airport to and from France will be hit by French air traffic control strike.
French air traffic control strike is planned June 24 - 29. Your flight will be cancelled, brought forward or delayed. Follow along with us at Easy Travel Report.com and call your airline ASAP. Look at the long list of cancelled flights
Long lines at BA, Brussels Airlines, Ryanair. More strikes expected.
Old industrial actions 2013
17 November 2013 If flying with Finnair this week-end, flights should be back to normal today Finnair Strike
We are watching a couple of other issues for this coming week that might effect Brussels airport. Aer Lingus cabin crew negotiations and Italian airports/airlines 22 November. Air India employees are threaten strikes.
May 15 Strike over, 20,000 bags to find way home.
Update:- More meetings to take place tomorrow am.
May 13 Zaventem and Charleroi airports. Meeting to take place 1PM local time Monday.
Brussels airport strike, started Sunday evening, Swissport baggage handlers strike, effecting hundreds of flights. Call your airline. Lufthansa cancels flights, airlines asking passengers not to show up airport. Arrivals leaving airport without luggage, may take two days to find passengers. Swissport hires 1,500 workers and union wants swift end to strike. Who will flinch first? Check in desks closed.
List of airlines at Brussels airport who use Swissport handlers. Chances are your flight is delayed or cancelled. For once TAP flights not effected.
Old industrial actions
When Wednesday 14 November 2012.
High chance your flight will be delayed
today, particularly if going to Spain or
Rail strike for November 14, 2012 SNCB
Check how you are getting to
Brussels Zaventem Airport