Belgium closes airspace for 24 hours

All 600 flights to or from Brussels are cancelled

Belgian airspace will be closed for 24 hours from 22:00 on December 14 as a union representing air traffic controllers at Belgocontrol announced strike action against reforms they say would weaken welfare in Belgium. It is part of a national strike on December 15.

Air traffic at all Belgian airports (Antwerp, Brussels, Brussels South Charleroi, Liège and Ostend-Bruges) will be completely halted because of the ACV/CSC Transcom strike. However, overflying traffic will not be stopped, as that airspace is controlled by Eurocontrol.

All 600 flights scheduled from or to Brussels Airport during the period have been cancelled and passengers are being told not to go to the airport.

All flights between Scandinavia and Brussels – up to 50 of them – are cancelled during the period. A SAS Copenhagen-Brussels flight on Sunday will departing at 19.30 as normal. SAS has also deployed an extra plane to arrive in the Belgian capital before the strike starts.

Brussels Airlines has cancelled all its flights and says it will do its utmost to limit inconveniences for its passengers and get them to their destinations as smoothly as possible. There are free cancellations and reservation changes.

Jetairfly will divert all of its flights to airports in neighbouring countries, such as Maastricht, Lille and Amsterdam Schiphol, providing coaches to get there and back. Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium will divert flights to Lille.

[pictured: Belgocontrol, Brussels Airport]

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