Baggage handlers end strike at Brussels Airport

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Air traffic at Brussels Airport is almost back on track although the processing of backlog of luggage could take days.

13 August 2008

BELGIUM - The strike of baggage handlers at Brussels International Airport in Zaventem has ended after two days.

The personnel of Flightcare and Aviapartner are now back at work. The baggage handlers went on strike Monday in protest at mounting work pressure.

The management and trade unions of Aviapartner reached an accord Tuesday night. The accord is being put to the various shifts Wednesday. The night shift has already given its approval.

The management has agreed to a number of concessions but it is not yet clear exactly which concessions. The trade unions want to first inform the employees before the contents of the accord are released. The night shift resumed work last night after a referendum was held.

Brussels International Airport at Zaventem was the scene of much chaos over the last two days. Scores of arriving and departing flights were cancelled, diverted or delayed as the airport was effectively crippled by the strike. Thousands of travellers were stranded and luggage lay in heaps.

Air traffic at Brussels Airport has now returned to almost normal. Some flights that were scheduled to take off or land on Wednesday were cancelled. Other flights are leaving on time.

Airport officials say that it could take days before the backlog of luggage can be processed.

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