Ryanair Calls Action "Unlawful" As Thousands of Pax
Charleroi Airport near Brussels, Belgium is back in service
following a strike by security workers that led to many cancelled
flights and thousands of stranded passengers.
Security staff walked off the job Friday to protest plans to
privatize security, saying it could raise costs and eliminate jobs.
Ryanair, the airport's largest carrier, was forced to cancel all
flights and called the workers' action "unlawful."
"The security staff withdrew their service (Friday) without
notice and as a result no Ryanair staff or passengers have been
allowed to pass from landside to airside at Charleroi airport. The
security staff have also prevented all Ryanair passengers from
entering the terminal building at Charleroi," the carrier said
The carrier was forced to cancel its flights after the airport
announced that talks, up to that point, had "failed to bring an end
to this unlawful strike and accordingly Charleroi airport has
advised Ryanair that security at Charleroi cannot be guaranteed
over the coming weekend."
The strike had been scheduled to begin mid-afternoon, but
instead began at dawn with no warning. A short time later, workers
at nearby Liege airport had joined the walkout as well, according
to the Associated Press.
Jean-Francois Magotte, spokesman for Belgium's main CSC union,
told AFP reporters inward and outbound flights were expected to
resume Saturday evening after members voted to suspend the
Union members agreed to suspend the action after the transport
minister for Belgium's southern Wallonia region, Andre Antoine, met
with union leaders and offered a deal to help allay fears over
"We haven't cancelled the strike, we have suspended it because
the minister has suspended the creation" of the private company and
said talks would begin Tuesday, Magotte told AFP.
Ryanair has not yet announced when it will resume services and
had cancelled flights through Monday, according to RTE News.
Brussels International Airport at Zaventem was not affected and
was able to handle all diverted air traffic.