Pilots on Brussels Airlines staged strike actions yesterday and will walk out again tomorrow (16 May), causing the airline to cancel some of its flights.

Pilots are in a row with the Lufthansa subsidiary over pay and conditions. They are protesting for a wage increase, better work-life balance, improved career prospects and the chance of early retirement.

Brussels Airlines has listed the flights it expect will operate on Wednesday – including services into and out of Birmingham – but warns that other cancellations and delays may occur throughout the day.

The strike action will impact roughly 29,000 passengers on Wednesday, with 34,000 affected by Monday’s walk-out.

The airline is allowing any affected customers to rebook or cancel their flight free of charge, while those left stranded by the strike will be offered hotel accommodation, alternative travel options on Brussels Airlines or available Lufthansa Group and other carriers.

Thibault Demoulin, COO of Brussels Airlines, said: “Despite the fact that we do everything we can to reduce the inconveniences to our guests to a minimum, the strike severely impacts the travel plans of our customers, for which we wish to sincerely apologise. We have mobilised a maximum of staff and have increased the capacity of our service centre to assist our guests as much as possible with rebooking.”


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