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No flights in Belgian airspace until Wednesday night

20:10 12/02/2019

After Car-Free Sunday comes Flight-Free Wednesday - as Belgium's airspace has been completely closed for 24 hours due to today's nationwide strike.

Air traffic controller Skeyes - formerly Belgocontrol - has banned all take-offs and landings since 22.00 on Tuesday evening until the same time on Wednesday.

With the exception of government and military flights, planes are not permitted to fly over Belgium at less than 7,500 metres. Above this altitude, flights are the responsibility of Eurocontrol instead of the national air traffic controller.

The decision to close Belgian airspace has been taken as a precautionary measure, as Skeyes could not guarantee that enough staff would turn up for work on Wednesday.

Disruption to flights could still be possible on Thursday morning, as some planes will not be at their usual base. Passengers taking off from Zaventem or Charleroi before 8.30 should check before they travel.

Check here for a full round-up of how Wednesday's strike is affecting transport and public services.

Written by The Bulletin



absolute insanity

Feb 13, 2019 07:24

Shame on Belgium. Terrible for its business reputation. In 1981 US President Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 striking air traffic controllers for their illegal strike. Isn’t it time we passed a similar law here?

Feb 13, 2019 09:31