Definitely nothing is going well in the European sky at the dawn of the summer holidays.
More than 300 flights have been canceled due to the strike action planned from Thursday to Saturday inclusive at Brussels Airlines, which will affect nearly 40,000 travelers, announced the Belgian airline, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.
Because of this strike by pilots and flight personnel, the company will only be able to provide "about 40% of the initial flight program", she said.
“The cancellations represent approximately 315 flights, including 38 long-haul, and affect nearly 40,000 passengers,” detailed Brussels Airlines in a press release.
“The passengers concerned have been notified and have been offered an alternative.
If they prefer not to travel, we can offer them a full refund” of the ticket, Maaike Andries, a spokeswoman for the company, told.
Difficulties with Low-cost all summer
The pilots, hostesses and stewards are protesting against a lack of staff and a workload deemed too high, claims that other companies must also face against a background of sudden resumption of air traffic.
The anger of airline employees also concerns the low-cost airline Ryanair, whose unions in five European countries have called for a strike this weekend, from Friday to Sunday inclusive.
In addition to Belgium, where traffic from the Ryanair hub in Charleroi (south) should be severely disrupted, Spain, France, Portugal and Italy are affected by this call to stop work during these three days.
The anger also affects the British low cost company EasyJet, since a Spanish union is planning nine days of strike in July, in the middle of the tourist season, in the airports of Barcelona, Malaga and Mallorca in the Balearic Islands.