1,000 luggage still stranded at Brussels Airport

18th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

About 1,000 suitcases are still stranded at the Zaventem Airport and will take another few days before the backlog is cleared.

18 August 2008

BELGIUM - The impact of last week's strike by baggage handlers at Zaventem Airport near Brussels are still being felt by passengers.

According to figures released on Sunday, 1,000 pieces of luggage are still stranded at the airport. The baggage handlers say that it will take another few days before the backlog is cleared.

Rotting food in some of the suitcases has served to create unpleasant smells in parts of the airport's departure lounge.

Leen Piedford of the baggage handling company Aviapartner told the VRT that her company is doing all it can to work through the backlog.

"The basement storage area is now empty, but cases are still arriving from planes that were unable to land at the beginning of the strike last week."

"Whatever additional baggage that comes in will be reunited with its owner as quickly as possible", Piedford added.

[flandersnews.be / Expatica]

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