Travel Alert February 13, 2019: Industrial Actions in Belgium

If Belgium is in your travel plans for Wednesday, February 13, 2019, you may want to consider delaying your travel due to labor issues which have already caused hundreds of flights to be canceled, delayed or rerouted — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the industrial actions.

Travel Alert February 13, 2019: Industrial Actions in Belgium

Unions which represent many workers in Belgium are demanding increases in wages, improved pensions and a better balance of life between work and leisure. These industrial actions are expected to adversely affect air traffic control operations, railway services, public transportation, as well as operations at the port of Antwerp.

If you are traveling to or from Belgium on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, expect delays and additional cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this industrial action which may adversely affect your travel plans.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Meanwhile, if your travels have been affected by industrial actions which have already occurred, you can change your travel plans with the fee waived.

Here are six airlines which have issued travel alerts, canceled flights or rerouted operations as a result of industrial actions in Belgium:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Brussels Airport for Wednesday, February 13, 2019; and Friday, February 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Brussels Airport for Tuesday, February 12, 2019 through Wednesday, February 13, 2019; and Friday, February 15, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Brussels Airlines has canceled all 222 of its flights for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 and is offering either changes in itineraries or full refunds — but flights from North America and Africa which depart on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 and land on Thursday, February 14, 2019 will not be affected.
  • TUIfly has already proactively switched 36 flights to and from Brussels Airport to other airports located in France and the Netherlands, which will affect approximately 5,000 passengers.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alerts for Brussels Airport for Wednesday, February 13, 2019; and Monday, February 18, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • All Nippon Airways has canceled all of its flights to and from Brussels Airport for Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Summary

If the airline on which you are traveling as a passenger to or from Belgium is not included in the above list, contact the airline, as your flight may likely be affected.

Although your flight may or may not be affected, if you have travel plans to, from or within Belgium on that day, you may want to consider changing them.

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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