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Brussels airlines cancel 50 % of flights due to staff strike: Reports

On December 17, the broadcaster said Brussels Airlines staff will go on strike to demand a reduction in their long working hours, flight combinations and longer rest times.

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Brussels: Brussels Airlines staff went on strike on Monday causing the cancellation of 50 per cent of scheduled flights, with an estimated 25 per cent of passengers likely to be affected by the industrial action, media reported.

On December 17, the broadcaster said Brussels Airlines staff will go on strike to demand a reduction in their long working hours, flight combinations and longer rest times.

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Out of the 116 Brussels Airways flights scheduled for Monday, only half will take off, Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported.

“This will affect 25 per cent of our passengers and we have contacted everyone to look for alternative solutions,” Brussels Airlines spokesperson Kim Daenen told the broadcaster.

Passengers stranded as a result of flight cancellations will be able to leave the country via an alternative Lufthansa group airline or with a Brussels Airlines flight scheduled for a different day, Daenen explained. The spokesperson added that long duration and good fill rate flights will be prioritised.

Passengers who wish to, may also claim for financial compensation.

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