All flights in and out of Belgian airspace have been grounded because of a wildcat strike by the country’s air-traffic controllers.
There has been a litany of internal industrial relations niggles, but the last straw was when two employees in Charleroi were ordered to transfer to Brussels.
Bernadette Guillemyn from the ACV union said: “It’s well known that there’ve been problems for a while with the management – communication within the company and financial problems too. That’s led employees to be very worried about their future. We don’t have a quick fix – not even with a strike today I’m afraid.”
Aviation authorities and passengers were caught unawares by the spontaneous action. The stoppage is unofficial and unions were unable to prevent it.
Up to 700 flights are expected to be cancelled.