Belgium is grinding to a halt today as three unions go on strike. Workers are calling for a better national minimum wage and more social benefits.
Belgian airspace is closed to all flights below 8,000 metres for 24 hours, from 22:00 on Tuesday until 22:00 on Wednesday, as air traffic controllers take part in the strike. No commercial flights will be taking off from or landing in Belgium during the strike, thought government, military and emergency flights will be allowed.
UPDATE – Due to the general strike on 13 February, skeyes is forced not to allow air traffic between Tuesday 12 February 10 pm and Wednesday 13 February 10 pm. Consequently, there will be no flights into or out of #brusselsairport. Updates & advice >> https://t.co/4ewJFY9vYs pic.twitter.com/F8oCN4cHNf
— Brussels Airport (@BrusselsAirport) February 12, 2019
- Contact your airline or rail company before you set off to confirm the status of your journey. If there are delays or disruption, consider contacting you travel insurance provider as well.
- Expect delays with all travel and allow extra time for journeys. Where possible, avoid travel.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
- Keep in touch with friends and family.
Official travel advice
A number of trade unions have called for a national strike in all sectors starting at 10pm on Tuesday 12 February and ending at 10pm on Wednesday 13 February. The strike is likely to cause disruption to public services and transport. You should check with your transport operator before travel, and follow local news providers for further information.
Due to the strike, Belgian airspace has been closed and there will be few, if any, flights operating on Wednesday 13 February. You should contact your tour operator or airline for information on alternative options if travelling to or from Belgium.
Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.
#Belgium A number of trade unions have called for a national strike in all sectors starting at 10pm on Tuesday 12 February and ending at 10pm on Wednesday 13 February. You should check with your transport operator before travel. https://t.co/NoNyx6JtTP pic.twitter.com/4tHgwzCJ6P
— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) February 8, 2019
— IrishEmbassyBelgium (@IrishEmbBelgium) February 11, 2019
Due to a risk of industrial action of Belgian air traffic controllers from 12/02 to 13/02 evening, flights overflying Belgium airspace might be affected. Potential disruptions are still unforeseeable. Check your flight info on https://t.co/LpWl3Ylt8A or by calling +352 2456-1. pic.twitter.com/DKDVKGvU2W
— Luxair Airlines (@LuxairAirlines) February 12, 2019
Further news and information
Belgium flights cancelled for a day amid strike https://t.co/mR8blKDQKC
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 12, 2019
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 12, 2019
All flights in and out of Belgium have been canceled until Wednesday night as public transport workers go on a 24-hour strike https://t.co/qzSBmYliaz
— DW Business (@dw_business) February 13, 2019
— The Independent (@Independent) February 13, 2019
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