United Issues Travel Waiver Over Planned Brussels Airlines Pilot Strike
Employees of one more European airline are about to go on strike, causing a disruption to flights throughout some of its network. Brussels Airlines' pilot union has called for strike actions on May 14 and 16.
Because of the strike, Brussels Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, has proactively canceled several of its flights. In addition, even if your flight is not canceled and you're scheduled to travel on either May 14 or 16, Brussels is allowing passengers to rebook travel at a later date (as long as it's before June 30), or to get a full refund of your ticket.
According to the airline, Brussels will be operating the following flights on May 14 and 16, respectively:
The pilot union informed the airline of its intention to strike earlier this month over a dispute of pay and conditions. According to Reuters, Brussels pilots want an increase in pay, a better work-life balance, improved career prospects and the potential for an earlier retirement.
In addition to Brussels itself issuing a travel waiver, its Star Alliance partner United has also issued a travel waiver of its own. If you're scheduled to travel with United May 13-16 through Brussels (BRU), you could be eligible to have some costs waived. More specifically, the change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before May 24. Travel must be rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin and between the same cities as originally ticketed. For more information, visit the United site.
Brussels Airlines pilots aren't the only airline crew that are currently in the midst of a dispute over pay. Air France workers have been striking in spurts since early February, forcing the company's CEO to resign. The groups have yet to come to an agreement.