Three-quarters of Brussels Airlines flights cancelled today

Summary

On the first of a two-day planned strike by Brussels Airlines pilots, most flights are cancelled. Ongoing talks could prevent the strike from continuing on Wednesday

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The Brussels Airlines (BA) pilot strike started today, with another day of strikes due to take place on Wednesday. Tuesday should see BA flights arriving at and taking off from Brussels Airport as scheduled.

According to Flanders News, the airline was forced to cancel three-quarters of today’s flights, both arriving and departing, totally some 209 flights. The same is expected for Wednesday unless talks taking place today lead to an agreement between management and unions.

Passengers are asked to check the BA website, which has complete information on which flights will take off and arrive on schedule. Travellers booked on flights on Wednesday should check the latest flight information directly before leaving for the airport, said BA.

Passengers whose flight has been cancelled are being refunded the full cost of the ticket or the option to reschedule for a later date at no charge. “Despite the fact that we do everything we can to reduce the inconveniences to our guests to a minimum, the strike severely impacts the travel plans of our customers, for which we wish to sincerely apologise,” said Thibault Demoulin, COO of Brussels Airlines. “We have mobilized a maximum of staff and have increased the capacity of our service centre to assist our guests as much as possible with rebooking.”

BA was founded in 2006, a merger between Virgin Express and SN Brussels Airlines – itself a follow-up to Sabena, the national airline that went bankrupt in 2001. German airline Lufthansa took over BA in 2016.

BA employs some 3,500 people and operates about 300 flights a day. It connects Brussels to 90 destinations in Europe, North America, Africa and India. This is the second strike in BA’s history.