The airspace, closed for 24 hours due to the national strike, reopened Wednesday at 22:00. Trains, for which an alternative service was scheduled during the day, are no longer in minimum service but disturbances are still possible.
Their traffic will resume normally Thursday morning, according to a spokesman for the SNCB. The air traffic manager Skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol) decided Tuesday to close the airspace between Tuesday 22:00 and Wednesday 22:00, not knowing not how many workers he could count on. Aircraft traffic resumed in the evening, with a landing in Zaventem at 22:11.
At SNCB, a minimum service applies in the event of a strike. It allowed about one in two trains to circulate, especially at peak times. Since 22:00, the traffic resumes gradually according to the normal schedules. The national strike, decreed by the trade union common front CSC-FGTB-CGSLB, paralyzed many sectors this Wednesday.
The call to disengage has been widely followed in the north and south, causing disorder in public transport, ports, waste collection, businesses, hospitals, zonings or shopping centers. Only the teaching and distribution of mail has been relatively spared. This broad mobilization follows the failure of the negotiations on the interprofessional agreement (AIP) for the period 2019-2020. Workers' representatives denounce the limitation to 0.8% of the wage increase margin for the next two years.