A spokeswoman for Brussels Airport, Nathalie Berard, confirmed that about 100 passengers had missed their flights due to the federal police strike.
Moreover, during the event that started at 05:30 and lasted until noon, the police checked passports for flights outside the Schengen area.
Airport police represented by several trade unions announced a strike at Brussels Zaventem (BRU) and Brussels South Charleroi (CRL) airports on October 29, also saying the purpose of the measure was to protest the failure of salary negotiations and to draw attention to complaints of staff shortages.
Although officers continue to perform their duties on the job, they do their work more slowly and exercise more scrutiny of passengers, baggage and passenger documents, which has resulted in delays in security and customs checks.
This action caused long queues and traffic jams in and around the airport. As a result, about 25 flights to countries outside the Schengen area were delayed from 20 minutes to an hour and a half. Moreover, Brussels Airport is advising all affected passengers to cancel flights to contact their airlines for a refund or reschedule their flight, TheSchengen.com reports.
“The situation at Brussels Airport is back to normal. Some flights were delayed, but no flights were canceled. Tomorrow will be a busy day, as the autumn break begins, so we still advise you to come to the airport in advance,” the official Brussels Airport profile posted on Twitter. last week.
Airport representatives also advise travelers to go to the airport two and a half hours before flights to the countries of the Schengen area and three to four hours in advance for flights to non-Schengen countries. He also reminded all passengers to use public transportation if possible.
TheSchengen.com previously reported the delays due to a strike by Belgian police officers.
According to Brussels Airport data, during the month of September, the airport counted more than 1.3 million passengers, which is an increase of 243.5 percent over the same time in 2020, when only 379,303 arrivals were registered.
Moreover, in terms of movements, the airport reveals the operation of 10,384 passenger flights, 1,868 cargo flights, and 1,702 non-commercial flights, a total of 13,954 operating flights, an increase of about 95.4 percent over the previous period last year.
Freight-related flights are up 23 percent this year, representing 69,827 flights, compared to September 2021, when 56,748 flights were operated.
Overall, the total number of passengers increased by 2% for the one-year period, and the total movements were increased by 3%. Furthermore, total air freight rose by 33.9 percent.