Dozens of planes grounded in Belgium. Ryanair cabin crew based in the country are on strike today, December 30, and tomorrow 31 and again on January 1, 7 and 8 to protest against the low-cost airline’s refusal to apply the Belgian national minimum to staff based in Charleroi, the second airport for passenger traffic after Brussels-Zaventem. A total of 115 out of 300 flights are currently canceled during the last two days of the year, i.e. 4 out of 10 aircraft.
The allegations against the company
“Today 48 Ryanair flights have been cancelled,” said Philippe Verdonck, president of Charleroi airport which serves more than 190 destinations, many of them in the Mediterranean basin, and claims to handle eight million passengers a year. Among the destinations impacted at the moment: Fez, Helsinki, Toulouse, Agadir, Venice, Tenerife, Barcelona, Rabbat, Alicante and Malaga. Ryanair employees in Belgium have already gone on strike several times this year. In particular, they accuse the company of unlawfully pressuring employees to occasionally work at other sites in Europe, especially in Dublin.