Brussels, Oct 26, 2018 (AFP) - A strike by baggage handlers at Brussels airport has caused many flight cancellations, affecting thousands of passengers during a major school holiday, an official said Friday. The travel chaos is set to continue, with Brussels Airport air traffic affected until at least Sunday morning. "As a result of a work stoppage at baggage handler Aviapartner, no flights are being handled by Aviapartner until Sunday 28 October 6 am (0400 GMT)," Brussels Airport said in an online message. Some 300 travellers spent Thursday night at Brussels-Zaventem airport after handlers at Belgian firm Aviapartner went on strike, airport spokeswoman Nathalie Pierard told AFP, with more set to do so overnight Friday.
Around 200 flights in or out of the airport were cancelled, according to public broadcaster RTBF, due to the strike over demands for higher staffing levels. Pierard said most of those affected were Ryanair flights. The Brussels Airport website said 30 carriers had been hit, also including British Airways, EasyJet and Air Maroc. "Friday is one of the busiest days of the autumn. A total of 47,000 passengers are due to leave today," Pierard said. Passengers were advised to contact their airline. Some flights were shifted to Charleroi, Brussels' other international airport, or to Lille in northern France, according to media reports.
The strike comes at the end of a school holiday in neighbouring Netherlands and the start of one in Belgium that coincides with All Saints Day. A meeting between union delegates and at Aviapartner on Friday ended without any agreement, according to the Belga news agency, but was due to resume Saturday. Brussels airport is the largest in Belgium, with nearly 25 million passengers passing through it last year, compared to seven million at Charleroi airport in the south, the country's second biggest.
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10:55:46 +0200
Brussels, Oct 26, 2018 (AFP) - A strike by baggage handlers at Brussels airport has caused the cancellation of around 100 flights, affecting thousands of passengers during a major school holiday, an official said Friday. Some 300 travellers spent Thursday night at Brussels-Zaventem airport after handlers at Belgian firm Aviapartner went on strike, airport spokeswoman Nathalie Pierard told AFP.
Pierard said about 100 departing and arriving flights were cancelled, mainly at Ryanair, as media reported the strike was over demands for higher staffing levels. "Friday is one of the busiest days of the autumn. A total of 47,000 passengers are due to leave today," Pierard said. Many other flights were delayed, she added.
The strike comes at the end of a school holiday in neighbouring Netherlands and the start of one in Belgium that coincides with All Saints Day. A meeting between union delegates and at Aviapartner was due Friday in a bid to resolve the dispute. Brussels airport is the largest in Belgium, with nearly 25 million passengers passing through last year, compared to seven million at Charleroi airport in the south, the country's second biggest.
Earlier this week, 14 children between the ages of 4 and 11 were taken to the Tielt hospital in West Flanders after contracting the disease. It soon became apparent that the source of the infection was to be sought from a caterer who had provided meals to several Flemish schools. The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (Afsca) has also suspended its activity Thursday night [24 May 2018].
It now seems that the infection is much more than the 2 schools initially affected. "We are talking about at least 37 kindergartens and primary schools in West and East Flanders," says Joris Moonens of the Health and Care Agency. "We suspect that the children were infected on [17-18 May 2018] by their school canteen meal."
About 60 of them were hospitalized because they had symptoms of salmonellosis. Others went to a doctor, of whom 37 were confirmed to be salmonellosis. "We expect this number to continue to increase."
Other infections are not excluded. The caterer delivers also in CPAS and other institutions. However, no case has been reported yet. "We are going to analyze the stool of the staff working for the caterer to exclude that the caterer's products have been infected by one of his workers," adds Joris Moonens. For if the raw materials of the caterer have been contaminated, this may also be the case of equipment or other products. "That's why we take not only food samples, but also parts of the installation," says an Afsca spokesperson.
The caterer remains closed for the moment. A specialized company takes care of decontaminating the catering company.
[This is a significant school-related outbreak of salmonellosis. The vehicle for transmission has not yet been elucidated. Undercooked chicken, dairy or eggs are common transmitters of the zoonotic _Salmonella_ bacterium to man.
Flanders is the Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium. - ProMED Mod.LL]
Brussels, May 14, 2018 (AFP) - Brussels Airlines pilots began a two-day strike Monday, leading to the cancellation of 75 percent of flights and affecting 60,000 travellers, the company said. The strike will affect three-quarters of the 278 scheduled arriving and departing flights on Monday and 279 flights on Wednesday, the Lufthansa group subsidiary said.
The Belgium-based company, which was taken over by Lufthansa in late 2016, has asked its airline partners, which also include Swissair and Austrian Airlines, to increase capacity to Brussels to reduce the strike's impact. The company said last week that months of negotiations had failed to produce a deal after the two sides focused more on increased wages when in fact the pilots were more concerned about having a better work-life balance. The airline management is due to discuss the strike later today.
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:21:04 +0100
Brussels, Dec 11, 2017 (AFP) - Brussels airport advised passengers to stay away Monday after heavy snowfall caused many flights to be cancelled, as wintry weather caused chaos across Europe. Fifty flights were cancelled and 90 delayed, Belga news agency quoted a spokesman for the Belgian capital's airport as saying. "Heavy snowfall: do not come to the airport until further notice," the airport said on Twitter, adding that passengers should check the status of their flights.
The airport added in a statement that passengers should not come for the rest of Monday. "Because of the adverse weather, numerous flights had to be cancelled," it said. Airport staff were trying to de-ice planes and clear snow from the runways, the airport said. Heavy snow caused travel difficulties across Brussels with buses and cars skidding off roads and key road tunnels being shut. A meeting between visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had to be called off because of the weather, officials said.