After announcing it would cancel some of its flights due to a national strike affecting operations at Brussels airport, Brussels Airlines has made the decision to axe its entire schedule at the Belgian hub on 13 February.

The airline said yesterday it had already cancelled 68 per cent of its flight schedule, including services to London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh after getting more information about the scale of the strike.

Now, Brussels Airlines has issued a statement saying the remaining 32 per cent of its 222 flights will be cancelled. The carrier says it is “very probable that operations at Brussels airport will be severely impacted due to industrial action of various airport stakeholders”.

The cancellations affect more than 16,000 passengers, who will all be offered the chance to rebook their flight or request a full refund.

Brussels Airlines says it hopes the pre-emptive cancellations will give passengers time to make alternative arrangements for their trips and to minimise the “disruption and discomfort generated by the national strike as much as possible”.

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