A spontaneous strike organised by workers at baggage handling services company Aviapartner is causing numerous delays to flights departing from Brussels airport on Saturday, a busy day for the start of the carnival holiday period.
The company manages, among others, the flights of the airlines Iberia, British Airways, Tui (ETR:TUIGn), KLM or TAP.
“Aviapartner’s baggage handling is being affected and flights may be delayed,” he announces via Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) the airport, which specifies that flights operated by the company Alyzia (of Brussels Airlines) are not affected by the action and invites travelers to contact their airline in case of problems with luggage.
On Saturday morning, the affected flights were leaving with delays of between 15 and 30 minutes, according to Le Soir newspaper.
Airport spokeswoman Nathalie Pierard said several flights had departed without luggage and that the bags would be stored at the airport and later transported to destinations.
On Saturday, 48,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport, including 26,000 people on outbound flights, while on Sunday about 60,000 travelers will transit.
It is not immediately clear how long the strike may last.