Brussels Airlines prepares for Belgian strike days

Brussels Airlines is preparing itself for the upcoming Belgian provincial and national strikes of 8 and 15 December. The airline does its utmost to limit the inconveniences for its passengers and to get them to their destination as smoothly as possible. That’s why Brussels Airlines has decided to already adapt its flight schedules of 8 and 15 December now, so that passengers can choose alternative flight options.

The national trade unions in Belgium have called for a general strike across various industries on 8 and 15 December. Brussels Airlines does its utmost to operate its flight schedule, but must anticipate the impact the national actions may have, as the strike days are very busy days for the airline, with a total of 22,000 and 21,400 passengers booked on flights on 8 and 15 December respectively.

In order to minimize the inconveniences for its passengers, Brussels Airlines has decided to adapt its European flight program on 8 and 15 December. Passengers will be offered alternative travel options or they can choose to request a refund in case their flight is cancelled.  More information about the adapted flight schedules.

Since 21 November Brussels Airlines offers all passengers booked on flights on 8 and 15 December, the possibility to rebook their flight pro-actively, if they don’t wish to fly anymore on these dates, regardless of whether their flight is cancelled.

On 8 and 15 December, the airline will do its utmost to assist her passengers as much as possible. The airline strongly advises to travel with hand luggage only, if possible, since baggage handling activities might be impacted as well.

“We want to assist our guests as much as possible, in line with our daily pursuit of personal service. That’s why we adapt our flight schedule in advance, so passengers can be informed in time and are offered alternatives, so they can organize themselves. We truly regret the inconveniences these social actions will cause for our guests.” 

-- Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines.

Brussels Airlines currently anticipates no impact on its long-haul flights. The company keeps its customers informed of the situation via their website, Facebook and Twitter (@FlyingBrussels). Passengers are also notified by SMS (if phone number is available) and e-mail, or through their travel agent.

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Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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