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April 12, 2016

Brussels Airport closes after issues with air traffic controllers

Belgium's Brussels Airport has been closed due to a strike called by Belgian air traffic controllers, just three weeks after the European airport was hit by ISIS terror attacks.

By Lopamudra Roy

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Belgium’s Brussels Airport has been closed due to a strike called by Belgian air traffic controllers, just three weeks after the European airport was hit by ISIS terror attacks.

The strike occured after the airport was reopened on 3 April, following the dual bombing on 22 March.

Since then, Brussels Airport has been operating at limited capacity.

The strike is believed to have started after the airport guild refused to compromise over a pension reform issue, reported ABC News.

Along with Brussels, the nearby Charleroi airport has been affected by the strike, with flights able to land at the airport’s runway but not allowed to take off.

In a statement, Brussels Airport said: "Currently no air traffic control is possible at Brussels Airport. This means that there are no inbound or outbound flights."

"Our first priority is to limit the impact on our flight operations and to get our guests as quickly as possible to their destination."

According to Belgocontrol, the agency responsible for managing the Belgian airspace is seeking a discussion with the trade union to solve the issue.

The disagreement resulted from a proposed dispute settlement that included demands to increase the minimum retirement age.

A major carrier at the airport, Brussels Airlines said: "At this moment the situation is very unclear, we continuously monitor the situation and will inform you about any flight cancellation as soon as we have more news.

"Our first priority is to limit the impact on our flight operations and to get our guests as quickly as possible to their destination."


Image: Brussels airport closes for the second time in two months. Photo: courtesy of Sebastien Aperghis-Tramoni.

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