No flights to or from Belgium due to strike on Wednesday
Brussels, Feb 12, 2019 (AFP) - Belgian airspace was to be closed to all
flights below 8,000 metres on Wednesday as a national strike threatened to
bring the European country to a standstill.
With "no certainty" on how many controllers would be following the strike
movement, Belgium's Skeyes air traffic control agency said it was "forced to
prohibit" national air traffic between Tuesday, February 12 at 22:00 (2100
GMT) until the same time the following day, a statement said on Tuesday.
No aircraft flying below 8,000 metres altitude -- the area controlled by
Skeyes -- will be allowed to fly over the country, Dominique Dehaene, the
company's spokesman, told AFP.
Government, military and emergency flights will be allowed, he added.
Above 8,000 metres, a control centre in the Dutch city of Maastricht
controls aircraft flying over Belgian territory.
Skeyes was not able to say how many flights or how many passengers would be
A general strike called by three unions, which are calling for higher
wages, is expected to paralyse Belgium on Wednesday.
Brussels, home to NATO, will be hosting a meeting of defence ministers that
day, with officials from throughout the transatlantic military alliance
converging on the city.
"We have no indication of any impact of the strike on the meeting," a NATO
official told AFP.
Charleroi airport, the second largest in Belgium and a local hub for
low-cost giant Ryanair, had already announced its closure.
Belgium's Brussels Airlines has cancelled all its 222 flights.
The German carrier TUI fly will operate its scheduled Belgian flights from
the nearest French and Dutch airports.
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