Brussels Airlines reports that it has cancelled its remaining flights for Wednesday, February 13, due to a national strike planned for that day that the airline says will very probably "severely impact" its operations at Brussels Airport. The move brings the number of flights cancelled by the airline to 222, affecting more than 1,600 passengers.
Brussels Airlines says that passengers with canceled flights who no longer wish to travel can request a full refund of their ticket. Refunds can be requested online on www.brusselsairlines.com/refund. Rebookings are also available via the airline’s call center at 32-2-723-2362.
The strike is set to take place next Wednesday, February 13, officially running from 10 p.m. the night before to 10 p.m. the night of February 13 (all times local).
According to the Brussels Times, unions are holding the strike to protest a breakdown in talks involving wages within the Group of Ten, an organization comprised of unions and managers. While the breakdown in talks only affects private sector unions, public sector unions – including those representing rail workers – have joined the strike call, which could lead to disruptions in public transportation on February 13. The SNCB rail service is legally obligated to hold a minimum service; however, other areas of public transportation could experience even more severe disruptions.