Aviapartner employees have returned to work at Brussels Airport after its management and trade unions reached an agreement after more than six days of strikes.
The strikes led to 960 flights handled by Aviapartner to be cancelled at the Belgian gateway, affecting close to 115,000 travellers who were meant to fly out on flights via a host of different airlines.
The airport said it is now preparing for the “swift resumption” of flights handled by Aviapartner, which should be “progressively restarted this afternoon”.
Brussels Airport said in a statement: “The impact of this strike on passengers was considerable, especially given the fact that this is a holiday period. Aviapartner will gradually resume activities as of this afternoon, which will allow for a return to normal operations for the flights handled by Aviapartner.
“Brussels Airport is pleased that Aviapartner and the company’s trade unions were able to reach terms on an agreement, but also deplores the major impact this unannounced strike has had on passengers and airlines, particularly as it came during the autumn half-term holiday.”
The airport said last Sunday (28 October) the new licences for the ground handling companies at Brussels Airport came into effect for the 2018-2025 timeframe. These licences were attributed begin 2018, based on solely a set of quality parameters. Ground handling companies are required to meet a list of 78 quality parameters.
The airport added that thanks to these new licences, it now disposes of the possibility to check due compliance with these strict quality criteria in the delivery of ground-handling services, and more particularly, compliance with security procedures and aspects related to the quality of the equipment used. These checks it said will be implemented quickly, as required under the terms of the new licences.